A holy man? A god? A danger to society? These words are sometimes used to describe cult leaders or false prophets. But they're also used when referring to the artist Ai Weiwei.
Known as much for his political activism as for his art, Ai Weiwei's famous works include a photo series called “Study in Perspective,” in which his middle finger is shown at attention in front of Tiananmen Square and other sites of government power.
Another famous piece called “Remembering” used 9,000 backpacks to spell out the words “She lived happily for seven years in this world.” It was constructed in the aftermath of the 2008 earthquake in China, after approximately 9,000 young students were trapped in shoddy government constructed schools and killed.
Ai Weiwei is the subject of a new documentary called “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” directed by Alison Klayman.