Yu Jianrong 于建嵘
has never received formal art training before he started painting portraits of Chinese petitioners. Look at what he is now doing!
Picture credit: Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报
As a sociologist, he comes into contact with many petitioners. He'd initially commissioned artists to do a series of 10 portraits using photographs. After rejecting their work for being too unimaginative (匠气 jiangqi), he picked up the brush and did it himself.
Did you know that the UK is home to one of the biggest Himalayan diaspora communities outside of South Asia?
Event: Himalaya Film and Cultural Festival
Date: 28 Jan - 12 Feb 2010
Venue: Various; UK
Shown below: Frozen, a film that will be screened during the festival.
Film synopsis: Shot in the icy Winter of Ladakh, in India’s far north, Frozen is the story of a small family left without a mother. In debt and with few sources of income, Karma has difficulty supporting his two children Lasya and Chomo. Their lives become even more difficult when the army sets up camp a stone’s throw from their house.