Tammy Depilteau could not help her tears, standing in front of the painting titled “The Crime of Forced Organ Harvesting.”
The painting was part of the exhibition of some 30 artworks in the “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance International Art Exhibition” held at the University of Alberta, Canada on November 22-24. The artworks reflect the principles of the ancient cultivation practice of Falun Gong and expose the 18-year persecution of Falun Gong in China.
Ms. Depilteau wrote in the guest book, “…beauty can sometimes be bullied by ugliness, but ugliness can never keep beauty from manifesting its purity. In the shadow of suppression, the power of the universe will penetrate the darkness.”
The exhibition was held during graduation season, and waves of parents and other family members of graduating students passed by the paintings. People were shocked by the brutality of the persecution, which was depicted in the artwork.
Many of them left touching words in the guest book and signed the petition that calls upon the Canadian Prime Minister to take action to rescue imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners in China – many of whom are family members of Canadian citizens.
Jazmin Bonizzoni expressed sympathy for Falun Gong practitioners in China. “The artworks encourage me to work harder for a better world,” she said.
Chiara Mackinnon carefully viewed every painting, and said that she believes people should not ignore the suppression, for ignorance is not the solution. Those who are trying to make the world better should not only stop the violence, but also help those who are suffering from these crimes.
Real Denton, a reporter from Fair Radio held a 30-minute interview with the Falun Gong practitioners, giving them the opportunity to explain to the radio audience what Falun Gong is, why it is brutally persecuted by the Chinese regime, how the regime harvests the organs of living Falun Gong practitioners, and what people can do to help.
Mr. Denton said that he has encountered many Falun Gong activities all over the world, but he never really paid attention. Today was the first time that he realized that Falun Gong was so beautiful and beneficial. He was amazed by the healing power of the practice and the positive impact it has brought to society.
Mr. Denton hopes that the radio interview will help more people learn the truth and join the peaceful resistance.
Many Chinese students were also touched by the paintings. A visiting scholar said she was a professional artist and found the artworks very powerful.