Ai Weiwei Interview: Advice to the Young



Be a real person.” Get unwavering advice from the world-renowned Chinese artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei in this short video.

Imagination, skills and clear values – if these things are in place, we will not be lost, Weiwei states.

Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) is a Chinese artist and filmmaker. Weiwei has been openly critical of the Chinese Government’s stance on democracy and human rights. His activity as a dissident has gone hand in hand with his artistic career, and he has continued to produce work testifying to his political beliefs. Weiwei has exhibited widely, major solo exhibitions including Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York, Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan and Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles. Among his most noteworthy work is ‘Still Life’ (1993-2000), ‘Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn’ (1995), ‘Study of Perspective Tiananmen Square’ (1995), ‘Forever Bicycles’ (2003), ‘Fountain of Light’ (2007), ‘Straight’ (2008-12), ‘Sunflower Seeds’ (2010), ‘S.A.C.R.E.D.’ (2012) and ‘Stools’ (2013). In 2017 his epic film journey ‘Human Flow’ participated in the 74th Venice International Film Festival and was followed up two years later by ‘The Rest’ (2019). Architectural collaborations include the 2012 Serpentine Pavilion and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium with Herzog and de Meuron. Weiwei is the recipient of numerous awards and honours including the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent by the Human Rights Foundation (2012) and the Ambassador of Conscience Award by Amnesty International (2015). Having lived abroad for several years, he currently resides and works in Beijing. For more see: http://www.aiweiwei.com/

Ai Weiwei was interviewed by Christian Lund at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark in March 2019.

Camera: Kasper Bech Dyg and Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen

Produced by Christian Lund

Edited by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen

Colour grading: Will J. Løkken

Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2019

Supported by Nordea fonden

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