Ai Weiwei: films & debate


On Monday, Five Flavours hosts two films from Ai Weiwei, one of the most famous Chinese contemporary artists and dissidents, are a special proposal within the section. The screening is followed by a discussion focused on his art and his political activism.

So Sorry" (China 2012) refers to his exhibition organised in Haus der Kunst In Munich in 2009. The installation "Remembering", composed of children’s backpacks, was the result of artist’s study on the earthquake in Sichuan. The study was carried out despite the Chinese government discontent, and its results showed uncommonly numerous death cases of schoolchildren. Because of his insubordination, Ai Weiwei was spied on by the undercover agents. Using his camera as a weapon, Ai proceeded to unmask them, which caused even more brutal oppressions from the police.

"Ordos 100" (China 2012), is a clever documentation of Ai Weiwei’s cooperation with Herzog & de Meuron, Swiss architectonic stars, and Cai Jiang, private megalomaniac developer, who wanted to build a luxurious housing estate in the middle of Mongolian desert. This crazy conceptual challenge gathered 100 architects from around the world. Each of them agreed to design a 1000 sq meter house.


The films are screened in original language with English and Polish subtitles and the debate after the screening is held in Polish.

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