On October 26, 2019, Student Affairs Office invited Mr. Qi Jiahai, the curator of the exhibition on display,Grand Beauty in Xinjiang: Folk Art Exhibition of Teachers from the Affiliated High School of CAFA andthe Affiliated High School of Xinjiang Art Academy, to come to the exhibition hall and conduct in-depth exchanges with CAFA’s minority students from Xinjiang on topics such as art creation and curation.
The exhibition Grand Beauty in Xinjiang showed the spiritual beauty of the advanced figures and model workers of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang in the new era, the social beauty of ethnic gathering areas, and the natural beauty of the different seasons on the borderland. The characters and scenery presented in the works were very familiar to students from Xinjiang, and they showed great interest and wanted to learn more about the beautifulstories behind the beauty. Mr. Qi Jiahai gave a profound interpretation of the planning and implementation of this exhibition, the authors’ background, their intentions andpainting methods of each piece of work, as well as the stories of the characters in the paintings. Yi Lifan (graduate student of 2017 from Oil Painting Department): With the interpretation of Mr. Qi, I deeply felt the love of each artist for the motherland and the working people. At the same time, I also learned how artists use their paintbrushes to create a great image for the working people and their role models, and to promote solidarity among all Chinese ethnic groups.
Mai Erdan (graduate student of 2018 from Oil Painting Department): In the symposiumon the "Grand Beauty in Xinjiang" exhibition, Mr. Qi Jiahai makes me think about several issues, for example, why this exhibition is held, what is the significance, and what is the theme. All my questions have got answers. The artists of this exhibition are mainly teachers from Affiliated High School of CAFA and Affiliated High School of Xinjiang Art Academy. With the solid basic skills, they have created vivid images which arequite beneficial to me. I hope that Xinjiang Art Academy and CAFA Art Museum could cooperate more closely and cultivate more excellent artists.
Ai Run (Undergraduate student of 2016 from School of Chinese Painting):I am honored to have the opportunity to listen to Mr. Qi’s introduction toeach unique work from his perspective.Why would I describe them as unique? That’s because before the introduction, I thought those paintings were just portraits of ordinary people. But after the introduction, I found the characters in each paintingall deserved to be recorded, and their images seemed to be much more vivid. Every one of them is just an ordinary minority, but they share a common character, that is, “a kind heart”. They all have done good deeds within their capabilities but beyond their "budgets", for example, raising abandoned babies, and adopting as many as 19 orphans. In fact, they themselves are not living an ample life. However, they consider “humanity” greater than money, which is amoving virtue of the ordinary people of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. It is also the trait, besides the appearances and clothing, that attractsthe painters to record them permanently.
Na Lige (Undergraduate Student of 2016 from School of Design):There is a moving story behind each painting. The teachers use their paintbrushes to depict the excellent model workers from all ethnic minorities, which enables me to know them in anartistic manner. There are also works that depict the distinctive scenery of various parts of Xinjiang, which are pleasing to the eyes. Mr. Qi explained the curatorial process of this exhibition and it benefited me a lot. I look forward to more opportunities of this kind to conduct exchanges about Xinjiang''''''''s folk customs and food culture.
Qi Jiahai, the curator of this exhibition, is introducing stories behind each work.
Students from Xinjiang are carefully appreciating the exhibits
The symposium site
Text/Photo by Cui Yansong from Student Affairs Office Edited by Song Manqing from Publicity Department November 5, 2019
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