On the night of September 26, 2014, a convoy of students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College in drug cartelafflicted Guerrero state, travelling in buses in the city of Iguala, were brutally attacked by police forces and other masked assailants. In the course of the night, six people were killed, dozens more were wounded, and 43 students were forcibly disappeared. Ai Weiwei portrays the human impact of Mexico’s ongoing crisis of enforced disappearances.
Presented at Sundance and CPH:DOX film festivals.
Ernesto Pardo, Carlos F. Rossini, Bruno Santamaria Razo, Ai Weiwei, Ma Yan
Niels Pagh Andersen
Born in Beijing, China, in 1957. Political dissident and one of the most important contemporary artists, Ai Weiwei also acts as filmmaker, photographer and architect. Son of Ai Qing, one of the most successful poets in China, he grew up in exile in his own country. When he was young, Ai Weiwei went to the USA and entered Parsons School of Design in New York, but most of his learning came from experiences with local artists and intellectuals. Back to China, he produced some of his most important works, like the destruction of an ancient urn dated from the Hun dynasty and the widely known series of images called Study of Perspective. He directed documentaries such as Disturbing the Peace (2009), So Sorry (2012) and Ordos 100 (2012). In 2017, at the 41st Mostra, Ai Weiwei signed the concept art to the edition’s poster, presented the documentary Human Flow and was honored with the Humanity Award. At the 44th Mostra, he exhibits Coronation and Vivos.