For his latest film, Coronation (2020), the artist Ai Weiwei succeeded in penetrating Wuhan, the city sealed off from the outside world when COVID first struck. During the lockdown, 14 amateur filmmakers from the city sent their daily video recordings to the Chinese artist living in exile in Cambridge. The film is the point of departure for the online conversation that the journalist Annelies Beck will be conducting with Ai, also providing members of the public with the opportunity to ask their own questions.
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In 2009 the artist was a guest at EUROPALIA CHINA with The State of Things. And in 2018, his film Human Flow was premiered at BOZAR. At the time, we discussed the refugee crisis with the artist, a crisis that has not gone away but has certainly been overshadowed by COVID. We will be talking with Ai about art, COVID and Coronation, a film that covers both subjects in what is a gripping documentary.
When it comes to news and current affairs programmes on the VRT (Belgian public broadcaster), Annelies Beck is almost part of the furniture. She is a determined moderator, interviewer and presenter, among others presenting lectures about migration in times of war, based on her first novel about Belgian refugees during WW1.