Foundry Vineyards presents a free screening of an art documentary film on Thursday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the Gesa Power House Theatre. “Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case” is presented in conjunction with the Ai Weiwei gallery exhibition currently on display at Foundry Vineyards through October 31.
Ai’s creative works include film, photography, sculpture, installations, and architectural projects such as the “Bird’s Nest” stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is internationally praised for the intellectually challenging nature of his artwork, and for his candor when speaking against the Chinese government.
“They clearly tell you: ‘You cannot have a lawyer, you cannot call your family.’ For six months. That’s kidnapping!”
– Ai Weiwei
After 81 days of solitary detention world famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is put under house arrest. He suffers from sleeping disorder and memory loss, 18 cameras are monitoring his studio and home, police agents follow his every move, and heavy restrictions from the Kafkaesque Chinese authorities weigh him down. Journalists, the art world and his family all want a piece of him and on top of that he is met with a gigantic lawsuit from the Chinese government, soon to be named ‘The Fake Case’. Ai Weiwei is shaken, but during the year on probation he steadily finds new ways to provoke and challenge the mighty powers of the Chinese authorities in his fight for human rights. Ai Weiwei strongly believes that China is ready for change. And he will do everything to make it happen.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Foundry Vineyards wine by the glass will be available for purchase. Free admission is made possible by AFFA.