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Ai Weiwei's Art of Dissent

Thursday, we’re profiling China’s first global art star, Ai Weiwei. He’s also the country’s most outspoken domestic critic. His work blurs the lines between art and politics, and it tests the boundaries of free speech in a country infamous for censorship and crackdowns on dissent. In a new documentary, the filmmaker Alison Klayman chronicles three years in Ai’s life, capturing his run-ins with the Chinese authorities, his development as an artist and the spirit of an artistic activist. Doug will talk with Klayman and the art curator Mika Yoshitake about the life and art of Ai Weiwei.

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  • Alison Klayman is a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker. While living in China from 2006 to 2010, Klayman produced radio and television feature stories for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS's Frontline, Voice of America, Current TV, and the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is her first documentary film.
  • Mika Yoshitake is an assistant curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. She's helping to curate the museum's upcoming exhibit, Ai Weiwei: According to What?, alongside the principle curator, Mami Kataoka, and the Hirshhorn's deputy director and chief curator, Kerry Brougher.


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