Ai Weiwei - Without Fear or Favour

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imagine..., Autumn 2010 Episode 1 of 6

Duration: 55 minutes

Arts documentary, first broadcast before Ai Weiwei's arrest by the Chinese authorities in April 2011, and his subsequent release after being detained for 11 weeks.

Architect, photographer, curator and blogger, Ai Weiwei is China's most famous and politically outspoken contemporary artist. Alan Yentob explores the story of Ai Weiwei's life and art, and reveals how this most courageous and determined of artists continues to fight for artistic freedom of expression while living under the restrictive shadows of authoritarian rule.

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Mon 11 Jul 2011 23:50 BBC Two Scotland only

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  • Live Chat

    Live Chat

    Following 'Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour' viewers are invited to a live chat with China's most politically outspoken and creatively provocative artist. The chat will take place at on Tuesday 16 November between 23.30pm – 00.30am.

    Live Chat With Ai Weiwei
  • Sunflower Seeds from above

    Sunflower Seeds from above

    Members of the public interact with Sunflower Seeds, October 2010.

  • Sunflower Seeds cover the Turbine Hall

    Sunflower Seeds cover the Turbine Hall

    Ai Weiwei's installation, housed in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern.

  • Sunflower Seeds up close

    Sunflower Seeds up close

    Each seed was hand-crafted in the Chinese porcelain capital, Jingdezhen.


Alan Yentob
Matthew Springford
Matthew Springford
Series Editor
Alan Yentob


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