The Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance Art Exhibit has recently began a tour through Europe. From August 21 – September 1 2012, the exhibit will be displayed in Edinburgh, Scotland after leaving London, U.K. The exhibition is an international touring exhibit that displays the human rights abuses of the Falun Dafa spiritual practice. The exhibit also has work that depicts the spiritual aspects of the practice.
- Brief History
Falun Dafa is a spiritual practice that was introduced to the public in 1992 by Li Hongzhi. Before this date, it was practiced in secret. Its teachings are based upon the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance and includes five Tai-Chi and meditative-like exercises. The teaching of the exercises and teachings have always been offered free of charge. In July of 1999, Jiang Zemin, then president of China, outlawed Falun Dafa because of its growing popularity. Enduring brutal persecution and torture for the past decade, those who practice Falun Dafa show their love for the practice and their courage throughout this brutal persecution through song, dance, literature, and the visual arts.
- The Exhibit
The exhibit includes artworks that are either firsthand accounts of persecution, another practitioner’s interpretation of an account of persecution, or cultivation experiences. All of the paintings are done by practitioners of Falun Dafa. The above video includes interviews with the artists, some of whom actually spent time in Chinese labor camps for practicing.
It is so refreshing to come across an art exhibit that stands for something positive and uplifting. I am in no way discrediting other art genres. I’ve been to several exhibits that had paintings of the human figure that were absolutely beautiful: they would leave me with one of those beautiful moments in which that ‘feel good’ feeling drops from my head to my toes. I’ve even seen some exhibits of still-lifes that have left me in awe. But this is so different. I think it’s because it’s so personal for the artists. It’s more than a figure study, or a political statement; it’s a way of life. Several of these I have seen in person and they are absolutely stunning. Painting an arrangement of fruit just does not compare to painting about your experience in a labor camp and the belief system you’re denied.
You can help! Falun Dafa practitioners do not accept funds. However, you can sign online petitions at Friends of Falun Gong and tell your friends! Human Rights atrocities cannot continue when more people know!
Thank you for reading my humble opinion,