20 September 2010

If you explored the Liverpool Biennial 2008, you are sure to remember controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's beautiful Web of Light. FACT are screening the artist's documentary Fairytale which addresses the theme of this 2010's Biennial, Touched. 


Web of Light, Ai Weiwei, Liverpool Biennial 2008

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The focus of the film is an artwork that is Touched in all senses of the word - in the heart, in the head and by hand. The documentary follows Weiwei's artwork createdin the small German town of Kassel for the arts festival documenta 12. It follows the artist as he flies 1001 of his fellow Chinese citizens into the town to act as both tourists – free to spend their time as they like – and participants in the artwork. 

Weiwei was keen to involve Chinese citizens who had never before had an opportunity to leave their country and bring them to see the documenta festival, he said

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"Many people ask me what they are going to do in Kassel, and a woman asked me if she had to perform naked," said Ai.

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"I told them they needn't do anything. I just want them to go to Kassel, be happy, relax, see the show, and come back safely."

Read more about the making of the film here.  

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Known for his criticism of social and political matters, , and his determination to speak out has hit headlines all over the world. Weiwei has mainly exhibited outside of his native country China and has been commissioned to produce an artwork for Tate Modern's Turbine Hall this October.

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Buy your tickets to the film here.