Human Flow (Ai Weiwei, 2017)
A documentary on the current global refugee crisis, directed and produced by famed Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.
You’re bound to run through a gamut of emotions while watching “Human Flow.” You’ll feel heartbreak, horror, humility, and even an iota of hope. But what will stay with you after, hopefully, is the willingness to understand a vast and complex human crisis, one that you may not think about on a daily basis, but continues to exist nonetheless.
The movie’s dissemination of information is largely done through concise onscreen text and interviews, as you’d expect a documentary to do. But Ai Weiwei relies on the power of image to convey meaning. The vast majority of its 2 hour, 20 minute runtime are not talking heads or raw information, it’s footage and sound of refugees and their ongoing hardships. The most striking images are the aerial/drone shots of seemingly never-ending tent cities in their isolated settings.
One thing I learned from watching “Human Flow” is the necessity to look past the word “refugee” only as an immigration status, and more as a human condition. Refugees leave their old lives to find a better one, but unfortunately they, more than likely, will have to live an intermediate one where certainty, comfort, and dignity waver ceaselessly.
#humanflow#aiweiwei#adaf recommended by Jeremy
Ai Weiwei é o grande príncipe da arte contemporânea. Ou Robin Hood seria mais adequado a sua figura? Rebeldia, humor ácido e excelente tino comercial podem ser percebidos no catálogo da mostra realizada pelo artista chinês, em 2014, nas galerias Chambers Fine Art e Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, ambas em NYC
Edição limitada de 800 exemplares, o livro tem capa dura [em formato de caixão], com 140 páginas e imagens de todos os trabalhos, além do texto de Dr. John Tancock, que colabora regularmente com o artista
Destaque para as obras que remetem a caixões [com um visível perfume de #RenéMagritte ], e alegorias estilísticas com materiais [como as vigas de metal feitas de mármore, dildos e frascos de perfume icônicos, como o da #commedesgarçon , feitos em pedras preciosas, como Jade]. A edição obra só nos faz mais curiosos pra sua grande mostra na #Oca , em out/2018, em São Paulo. Vem, #AiWeiwei 📷 @ericomarmiroli .
Es gibt spaßige, unterhaltsame, politische und große Film Festivals. Aber nur wenige wichtige, menschliche.
Wie das #HumanRightsFilmFestivalBerlin vom 20. bis 26. September.
Das von #AktiongegenHunger initiierte Festival will damit eine neue Plattform etablieren, um Menschenrechte zu stärken und menschliche Schicksale in den Fokus zu stellen.
Das Programm umfasst 25 Dokumentarfilme, die in den Kinos Babylon Mitte, Sputnik und im Kino Hackesche Höfe laufen werden. Zum Festival-Debüt wird #AiWeiwei die Schirmherrschaft übernehmen.
"The plain version of the animal that looks like a Llama but It's really an Alpaca"
This wallpaper is composed of a clever combination of images merging the Twitter logo, surveillance cameras, shacklace and handcuffs, as though seem through a kaleidoscope. Here the artist is referring to his freedom of speech on social networks, but above all to his detention by the Chinese authorities.
Very important message by Ai Weiwei (@aiww): “The refugee crisis isn’t about refugees.
It’s about us” (via The @guardian). —
My name is Grig, I will be marching from Paris to Berlin from Sept 23 - Oct 13 in solidarity with the refugees. I will be making 1.3 Million steps. Each step = 50 refugees. Will you march with me? More details in my bio link. Please spread the word.
Exposition Ai Wei Wei #aiweiwei#mucem#artcontemporain#feminisme#humaniste
Déclaration des droits de la femme et de la citoyenne d'Olympe de Gouges 1791 sur un savon de marseille d'1tonne, déclaration qui peut s'effacer avec l'usage mais le savon lave-t'il les consciences ?
Buon #Ferragosto ! Notizie non felicissime dalla #Cina .
La scorsa settimana il governo cinese ha dato il via alla demolizione dello studio di uno degli artisti contemporanei più discussi e conosciuti del Paese, ovvero #AiWeiwei .
L'artista stesso ha denunciato sui social la distruzione di quello che è stato il suo atelier dal 2006 e che ha visto la nascita di numerose sue opere.
Non è stata chiarita la motivazione di tale azione da parte delle autorità.
“The kind of girls I shoot are a relative minority in China. They are the independent, free-spirited women that challenge traditional ideas around femininity. They might be slightly different from the mainstream typical Chinese girls, but they are also real.” - Luo Yang, Photographer. Alternating between posing and off-the-cuff snapshots, Yang's work offers a new vision of Chinese women as they gaze candidly at the lens. Against the backdrop of concrete-covered cityscapes, urban parks, or the colourful wallpaper of someone’s home ‘GIRLS’ poses questions about identity and the contradictions that arise between one’s imagination and the overwhelming presence of the physical world outside of our minds. Though she aspires to make sense of a collective experience, Yang is aware of the limitations of her project. Yang also knows only too well that a girl’s portrayal is so often out of her control. Her subjects’ frank, glaring faces and at times naked bodies are open to interpretation. “Their world is one which is subject to the weight of age and, as the girls’ lives become entwined with their surrounding society, they find themselves rooted and engulfed within an ever-advancing state of uncontrollable perceptions.” Yang, however, wants to give girls a platform to express themselves and continue growing. “These qualities are very precious to me, so I’d like to use images to record and preserve their legacy.”