Folk art exhibition chronicles China's poverty alleviation stories

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BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- More than 260 pieces of folk handicrafts of intangible cultural heritage from across China went on display Saturday in an online exhibition on poverty alleviation.

Titled "Building Dreams with Ingenuity: Folk Art Tells China's Poverty Alleviation Stories," the exhibition sponsored by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) features paper cutting, paintings by farmers, sculptures and other handicrafts.

Noting that China aims to eradicate extreme poverty by the end of this year, Lin Songtian, president of the CPAFFC, said the exhibition showcases Chinese people's vivid exploration of poverty reduction practices and shares China's successful experience in this aspect.

As one of the most popular folk arts in China, paper cutting reflects the psychology, aesthetics and values of ordinary Chinese people. A total of 77 pieces of this art form is being displayed at the exhibition.

Deemed a true portrayal of people's everyday life, the artworks are mostly about Chinese people's endeavor to eradicate poverty.

As rural vitalization in China makes strides, rural residents of the country are full of vigor and zeal in building their beautiful homes. In this context, peasant artists are inspired to depict and praise the new era on a wide range of themes.

There are 64 selected paintings by rural residents on display. Through every brushstroke, artists express their love for a new life in a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

The exhibition also showcases 51 close-up photographs that capture hand movements of folk artists while they are crafting. In China, many folk artists help local impoverished people find jobs by training them on handicrafts, thus contributing their part to poverty alleviation.

The exhibition is available both in Chinese and English and is accessible for free until Oct. 24, 2021, on: Enditem

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