Thursday, June 3, 2010

 Remember Tiannamen Massacre Protest Of 1989

On June 5, 1989, in response to the massacre of the students in Tiananmen Square, the Asian American Arts Centre in NY initiated a year long exhibition that eventually brought over 300 artists to participate to draw attention to this historic tragedy. After the exhibit traveled to several sites over the next few years and the calls to have it and the informative materials that accompanied it died away, the exhibition and the art work that it encompassed lay dormant. Now, on the occasion of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Student Movement this exhibition is being revised with this online presence for all to see. Much has passed and China may no longer be the China that it was. For this exhibition, this is not the issue. Tiananmen Square, however, must not be forgotten. At the very least, as a few of the art works claim, forgetting must be resisted. So many artists came forward to give selflessly to this cause, creating innumerable memorable images. Together with the media event this historic moment became, and the photographic record that became metaphors in themselves, these art works manifest the public response, the outcry and passion that was felt around the world. If there is any message of these art works to be remembered, like the image of that sole resistor who stood before a line of tanks stopping them in their tracks, it is to stand up for what you believe.
Remember Tiananmen Square...

This Online Exhibition is initiated today and is planned to be continuous, with no end date determined. For more information about this exhibition, see our exhibitions page HERE.
Different Themes
Written by Lovely

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