Sep 19 2019 - Sep 19 2019

An Orphan’s Sorrow 孤兒淚

Dong Xiqiangn 董錫強 油彩.畫布 48”x48” 英寸  2006
  • Sep 19 2019 - Sep 19 2019


Perhaps the least known victims of the persecution in China are children such as this little girl who holds what remains of her parents-their ashes. Her father’s jacket cloaks her small frame and is likely her only protection against the coming winter. Inspired by documented events, the painting draws out what is pure in the child’s tormented gaze, and with the dark tones that engulf her, the collective suffering of many her age. Untold numbers of children have seen their parents taken away merely because of their beliefs. The parents of thousand of such children are known to have been murdered by the regime. Many children thus orphaned face the further burden of institutionalized discrimination; for their own or their parents’ practice of Falun Gong, children are often chastised by teachers or classmates, and in some cases, even barred altogether from school. The writing on wall at the left identifies the forced labor camp where her parents were likely killed.