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TitleUSD To Host Zhen Shan Ren Artwork
Date10.04.11
ContactMelissa Wagoner
Contact E-mailmwagoner, at sandiego.edu
Contact Phone(619) 260-4659
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Artwork depicts the horror Falun Gong practitioners undergo in China

The University of San Diego is hosting, for the second year in a row, priceless works of art created in honor of Falun Gong practitioner-victims around the world.

In China, Falun Gong practitioners are said to be victims of a large scale propaganda campaign of demonization and dehumanization by the Chinese government that has led thousands to be systematically organ harvested while still alive. “Falun Gong are a peaceful, spiritual people who never harmed anyone. They believe in truth, compassion tolerance. The selling of their hearts, corneas, livers and kidney’s are said to be the biggest supply for Organ Tourists,” said the Honorable David Kilgour, Canada’s former Secretary of State. It is said that over 100,000 have been killed so far for their organs. "The number of practitioners killed for their organs could be as high as 120,000," said Ethan Gutmann, a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

The collection includes 44 classical realism pieces by 12 different artists from around the world and will be on display from September 26 through October 21, 2011, 9am-9pm, in the Hahn University Center Exhibit Hall.

The Zhen-Shan-Ren (Truth-Compassion-Tolerance) International Art Exhibit has toured in more than 40 countries and 200 cities across the globe, including prestigious galleries and universities in Sweden, U.K, France, Turkey, Israel, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South America, and all around the U.S and Europe.  Exhibit Themes Include:  Adversity, Justice, Courage & Harmony.

The 44 classical realism paintings cover the topics of divinity, human rights, international security, trade, quantum physics, ethics, meditation, medical malpractice, and human organ harvesting.

After leaving the exhibit, USD student Joshua Wheeler remarked, "This is a magical display... A magical display of the human spirit in deep beautiful spirituality. The paintings are so full of technical skill and yet are rich in symbolism and colorful imagination. Even though the artists are different there is a mysterious unity. The serenity and deep humanness are wonderful. This exhibit is a humanistic triumph! Bless you.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For class, group or individual tours, feel free to contact USD Doctoral student CyrusParsa-12@sandiego.edu.