The Fake Case
Artist: Ai Weiwei
Date of Action: May 2014
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Medium: Film Video
Confronting Bodies: Chinese Government
Description of Artwork: A documentary depicting Ai Weiwei's censorship by the Chinese government. Film produced by Andreas Johnsen.
The Incident: 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.
Results of Incident: A lawsuit by the Chinese government against Weiwei is in progress. Meanwhile, film screenings of the documentary of The Fake Case are being shown throughout the US and parts of Denmark.