Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Power has been reinvented in the 21st century, pushing art and culture in rapidly progressive directions. The currency of followers, likes, re-tweets, and re-blogs has arguably overcome price tags on artwork, bringing an elevated stage for anyone determined to share a message or a story.
In art, the rules have changed to reflect the developments of the digital age, and accordingly, so have the artists. Ai Weiwei is an artist who embodies an understanding of these monumental shifts and the best ways we can use new tools to create social change, as thoroughly proven in Alison Klayman's intimate documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.
A film celebrating social responsibility and individualism, it shows how as an artist, architect, sculptor, curator, photographer, filmmaker, and writer, Ai Weiwei has used the power of digital media to rebuke the Chinese government and expose its unlawful behavior.
Ai confronted the empty promises of China's government with his 2009-2010 exhibition, So Sorry, which inspired the documentary's playfully irreverent title, Never Sorry. Despite being assaulted, jailed, and silenced by the Chinese government, Ai Weiwei has held a firm, nonviolent stance against injustice everywhere.
As the truism goes, with great power comes great responsibility. Ai Weiwei has cultivated immense power (he currently has 156,350 Twitter followers and tweets almost hourly) and continues to use it wisely. While many fear for his life, Klayman's film makes us grateful for the change he's been able to inspire until now. Enjoy 10 Brilliant Quotes From Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, as we celebrate this moment in art, film, and Ai Weiwei's important career.
Watch Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry beginning July 27, 2012 in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Bethesda. More details on aiweiweineversorry.com.