Once upon a time
a sign of mass
democracy looming large on a horizon of China, not only
in politics, in works, but in cultural practice as well.
Prior to the forced dismantling of the commune
system which witnesses the peasants going back to their
old way of family farming - in which some people do farming
but with no farmland and some people own farmland but do
no farming - cultural activities among peasants were encouraged
and thus thrived in all areas, including drawings and paintings.
What displayed here are the images of some paintings created
by totally untrained peasants in Jiangsu
Province, traditionally the most affluent and developed
region in China.
   
A Rice Production Team
Rice is the staple food for Chinese in southern
regions. For thousands of years, Chinese were known as
the masters in producing nutritious and delicious organic
rice of all kinds which has enabled China to grow to the
most populous nation in the world.
The painting depicts a production team working
on three stages of removing husks from the rice grains:
grains are first placed in a circular mill that is grinded
by a man in the left, then passed to a hand-operated device
for a man standing on the top right to separate the rice
from husks, finally a woman in the bottom right let the
rice pass through a circular sieve to be piled on the ground.
While the commune system has now been trashed
like husks, the rice
plantation in China is taking a great leap downward
... into the abyss where U.S.
multinational-controlled GM seeds have been packaged
and sold to Chinese as local invention, but in fact are
the measures to implement Washington's
zero-child policy in China, as it is so firmly believed
by many Chinese.
This painting is produced by a middle-aged
peasant woman named Zhang Yuanying.
Bride of a Chinese Peasant
A female member of a village
production team met her guy from the same production team
or from a different production team in a village nearby
or far away and married him and became a permanent member
of his extended family. Still in her wedding
appearance of a cherry headdress and a pink jacket
and red trousers and scarlet shoes, she sits in front of
a large loom to demonstrate her cloth
Until a couple of decades
ago, some Chinese
peasants were still wearing clothes made of textiles
produced at home, often in checked or striped patterns
with colours ranging from red, pink, orange, green, blue,
brown to black.
The artist, a peasant woman
named Yao Zhenzhu in Jiangsu
Province, illustrates village life in vivid details:
The mother-in-law is scattering grains to feed the chickens
who enjoy a total freedom of running around, while a little
human in the background has been confined to a basket for
its own safety. But the joy of the freedom
activists could be short lived - when Chinese
New Year arrives the chickens might all be made into
dishes, while the kid, on the other hand, will grow up
and come out of the confinement and become the master of
The lesson: Earn your own
place in your world through hard work and positive contribution,
under the mercy of alien masters is a fable and forever
   
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