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Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have taken many steps to muzzle his provocations, including curtailing his internet access, beating him up, bulldozing his newly built studio, and holding him in secret detention. AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a defiant, digital-age dissident who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. From 2008-2010, Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China, and her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures. “I feel like a chess player. My opponent makes a move and then I make the next one.”—Ai Weiwei. (91 mins.)

Presented in conjunction with the Portland Art Museum’s exhibition of Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold,” on view through September 13. Free admission for Portland Art Museum members.


AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY screens Thursday, July 9 at 7pm and Sunday, July 12 at 3pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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