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 has met the full force of the Chinese authorities, who have done everything but eliminate him to stifle his attempts to express himself and organize people through art and social media. Following his 2011 arrest and subsequent solitary confinement, THE FAKE CASE follows Ai Weiwei after his parole and battle with a thwarting suit for tax evasion: a lawsuit that he dubs “the Fake Case.” But the troubles with his enemies only continue to provide inspiration for making new art, the only outlet to vent his frustration. “Picks up where AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY (2009) left off, serving as not just an update but an even more galvanizing call for reform. Ai’s voice carries louder than ever before.”—Variety. (86 mins.)
AI WEIWEI: THE FAKE CASE screens Friday, June 6 at 7pm and Saturday, June 7 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).
Tickets are available online or at the door.