The Artwork

The Zhen Shan Ren International Art Exhibition is built on a several themes. One of them cultivation, the ancient idea that a person can improve themselves by seeking inside themselves and refining their character. Falun Dafa is a traditional Chinese cultivation way that teaches its practitioners to cultivate truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

Another theme is the persecution of Falun Gong in China today. After the practice grew to immense popularity in the 1990s, then Chinese leader Jiang Zemin started a brutal persecution of the practice. It was expected to last just a few days before the practice effectively disappeared in China. Instead, practitioners there continue to persist to this day, facing immense hardship as a result

A third theme of the exhibition is peaceful resistance. Falun Gong practitioners both inside and outside of China have continued to practice their belief, despite the threat of imprisonment, torture, and death. They have done this by exposing the crimes of the communist regime, using the facts of their experience to reveal the character of the Chinese Communist Party. Inside China, practitioners use a variety of methods from distributing flyers to stamping slogans on money. Outside of China, they have used whatever talents they have to reveal what is happening, including creating these paintings.

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