Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Room of My Own: "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” Tanka

Changing the World One Tanka at a Time Series

in the cold air
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry poster
hangs unmoving
maple trees overshadow
the Chinese Consulate

Note: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a 2012 documentary film about the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwe, who dioramas were smuggled out of China to Venice, where they are publicly exhibited in a church being used as an art gallery, in parallel with the 2013 Venice Biennale, though not officially part of it.

1 comment:

  1. Below is excerpted from New York Times' An Artist Depicts His Demons:

    BEIJING — For a year and a half the artist Ai Weiwei and a sculptor friend oversaw a team of 20 to 30 people toiling away here in secret on one of his most political and personal projects.

    Their task was to reconstruct scenes from Mr. Ai’s illegal detention in 2011, when he was held for 81 days in a secret prison guarded by a paramilitary unit. What took shape this spring at an industrial space in the Chinese capital were six fiberglass dioramas that depict, at half-scale, his often banal daily existence as a captive of the vast government security apparatus.

    See its full text and slide show here, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/arts/design/ai-weiwei-dioramas-depict-his-imprisonment.html?pagewanted=all