‘Arts Vitalizing Yi People’s New Home’ art exhibition kicks off in France

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/7/25 18:13:40

Artists from Ebian Yi Autonomous County in Sichuan Province perform on the opening ceremony of 'Arts Vitalizing Yi People's New Home' art exhibition Photo: Courtesy of You Yi

Artists from Ebian Yi Autonomous County in Sichuan Province introduce Yi's traditional handicraft to the audiences Photo: Courtesy of You Yi

The Arts Vitalizing Yi People's New Home art exhibition kicked off at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on Monday. Former minister of the Ministry of Culture of France Frédéric Mitterrand, exhibition organizer You Yi and other guests attended the opening ceremony.

This exhibition is a detailed demonstration of the "Yi People's New Home," an anti-poverty project that was implemented in Sichuan Province from 2010 to 2019.

The "Yi People's New Home" project refurbishes new homes by using modern and traditional elements of Yi culture and turning them into works of architecture with strong folk culture.

Mitterrand welcomed artists from China at the opening ceremony.

"France is a country with different nationalities, which is much like China," said Mitterrand.

"This exhibition helps people in both countries to learn some totally different cultures."

Mitterrand said he also wished that more Chinese artists would come to France to build bridges between the people of the two countries.

At the opening ceremony, You said that the exhibition is a typical Chinese example of world-level anti-poverty issues illustrated through various art styles.

"We want to discuss the future of Yi culture as well as keep and respect Yi customs," said You.

Artists from the Ebian Yi Autonomous County performed folk songs and dances at the ceremony and introduced traditional Yi handicraft to the audiences. Chinese representatives suggested in the later forum the wish for more events to promote Yi culture.

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