BiLan Liao Art Exhibit
BiLan Liao will be exhibiting her series of paintings, A Window Into Chinese History -- Looking Back at Chinese History Through Five Generations of the Family of BiLan Liao, through September 24 in WKCTCs Clemens Fine Art Center. Gallery hours are Monday, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm; Tuesday, 11 am - 4 pm; Wednesday, 8:30 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm; Thursday, 2:30 to 4:00 pm.
About BiLan and her work
Ms. Liao is originally from China. She spent her childhood in China during the Cultural Revolution, a movement by Chairman Mao Zedong to suppress a resurgence of Capitalism in China. During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, millions of Chinese people themselves died. Many professional families were persecuted for being considered associated with Capitalism. BiLan Liao's family was one such persecuted family. Her father was imprisoned for being a "Capitalist Counterrevolutionary."Red Guards ransacked her family's home, sometimes daily, "confiscating" belongings considered to be "Capitalist." BiLan's brother was sent to a collective farm. Later, as a teenager, BiLan was sent to work in a steel mill, and her younger sister was put to work carrying loads of dirt and stone on construction projects. The family often did not have food. BiLan Liao's paintings depict many of these events during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
BiLan says about her work, "I have painted these depictions of events that occurred during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, because I wanted to record for the world what happened during those terrible times. People often are not moved by numbers or data. Feelings move people, and feelings are communicated from person to person. I hope the paintings in this series prompt people to be careful of following political movements without taking into account the possibilities of great sufferings of individuals, even eventually themselves."