|"Unnecessary Death", Wim Van Aalst, 110x145 cm, oil on panel|
Here, a classical pièta theme is used to express a comtemporary drama: a grieving mother holds her daughter's body, who was murdered by the autorities because of her belief.
In her hand an origami flower sporting the chinese characters “zhen”, “shan” and “ren” (truthfulness, benevolence, forbearance), the basic tenets of Falun Gong, a Bouddhist selfdiscipline that was banned in China 15 years ago when the number of its practitioners had begun to exceed that of Communist Party members.
From one day to the next, 100 million people became target of state persecution. Now, with too much to hide and too much blood on their hands, Party officials have sealed their own regime's unavoidable demise.