China's most prominent artist and political activist Ai Weiwei is known for his outspoken political views, controversial art installations, and fiery past with Chinese authorities. He was arrested in April 2011 for "economic crimes," though arts communities worldwide suspected that Chinese officials wanted to silence his outspoken criticism of the country's government. He was later released on bail.
From 2008 to 2010, before authorities shut down his blog, tore down his studio, and held him in detention, Ai was followed and interviewed by American filmmaker and journalist Alison Klayman. The result is Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a 90-minute documentary that reveals the voice and struggle of Ai, who blends art and political discussion during a time of censorship, conformity, and strict government. The rated-R film premièred at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and, with the help of Lisa Sette Gallery, will screen at Phoenix Art Museum.
Wed., Sept. 19, 7 p.m., 2012