An art exhibition in Cary by a Chinese artist does not give the visitor the complete picture, she says.
Make those three full photos.
The Chinese artist Bing Weng was willing to exhibit 38 paintings at the Cary Senior Center in the show entitled "Blooming Life". But three days before the opening of the show on 22 January, she was asked to remove three paintings from the show. The paintings were shown from January 18-22.
Weng generally paints philosophical themes & # 39; s and still lifes. The three paintings that have been left out protest against the dictatorship of Chinese president Xi Jinping, she said.
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E-mail correspondence between Weng and the city's public art coordinator, Denise Dickens, shows that Dickens believed that the three works in question were beyond the reach of Weng's exhibition application.
"Nothing gave us any indication that you would submit for exhibition paintings that are political in nature," wrote Dickens. "We only saw beautifully painted still lifes with flowers and portraits."
Dickens noted that the review panel considered Weng's art to be of high quality & # 39; and that it would be a visually appealing to a general audience to visit the Senior Center & # 39 ;.
In an interview with Radio Free Asia, Weng said she was told that the three paintings were too "political" for the show. RFA is a private non-profit organization, funded by Congress through the United States Agency for Global Media, which offers news broadcasts of Asian current events.
Lyman Collins, Cary's cultural arts manager, told RFA that the paintings were excluded because they were "inconsistent" with the character of the works that Weng had submitted with her application.
"That was the basis for their removal," Collins told RFA.
One of the paintings painted an ink-splashed portrait of Xi Jinping. Another has Xi standing on the shoulders of the late supreme leader Mao Zedong, surrounded by numerous skulls. The last painting shows a hand hovering over a map of Asia with China that has been dyed black.
Weng said she exercised her freedom of expression by exposing all her paintings, something she could not do in China. Weng came to North Carolina in October to visit her daughter.
"When I am in China, I have no freedom of expression, so I could not paint a political work," she said.
The paintings were briefly displayed with a disclaimer from the Senior Center before the show was officially opened, said Cary spokeswoman Susan Moran.
"The opinions expressed are those of the artist and not the image of the Cary Senior Center and the city of Cary", that's what it says.
The city received two telephone complaints about the paintings, she said.
The paintings were also shown January 25 during a reception for the opening of the show. But Weng took them after the reception, Moran said.
Weng, who was not paid by Cary for the exhibition, then placed images of the paintings that were omitted from the exhibition on the Facebook page. She gives a short message with an explanation about each painting. She asked for an exhibition in Cary last year before these three works started.
The exhibition runs until 15 February.