In the beginning of 2020, the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) makes great impacts on China. But Chinese people are united and determined to fight against the COVID-19 and, thankfully, continue receiving help and support from many other countries.
With the rapid development of modern society, the world is closely connected. Globalization oblige the international community to bear and contemplate various challenges together. Like other disasters or issues, virus outbreak is a challenge not the only country faces; while fighting against the virus is to fight with fate for a better life, the mutual wish of universe.
The instant measures taken to contain the coronavirus outbreak, by China, stabilizes the domestic situation, which earns appreciation but also misunderstanding. Some exaggerated rhetoric and prejudices try to lead the public opinion. However, we should understand that any misunderstanding will only make people suffer more, in this severe period when human beings are confronted with same suffering. Warmth is what we all need from the bottom of heart.
Art is like a kind of medicine, relieving pains and creating warmth for people who are suffering; meanwhile, it is a tool, which can be used to record, express, communicate, encourage and reflect in difficulties, despite of time, space, language, religion and etc... We should take it voluntarily, provide a platform for sincere, decent and humanitarian art expression, and encourage objective public opinion about the COVID-19, which is why we want to start this international Online Art Exhibition.
When the coronavirus breaks out, are there some people who have to stay alone away from home, or unable to fall asleep due to panic, or wander and feel lost? … Each individual constitute the collective society and their life the true image of the time and event. Art should reflect its times, which we called “empathy”. During this difficult period that empathy is increasingly needed, is it not unnecessary for us to restore the art into the life?
This international online art exhibition is on an independent and non-for-profit website and we call for artists and art lovers at home and abroad to record what they know, see, feel and think since COVID-19 occurs.
We hope this exhibition and this website will be an objective channel where the international art community would know more about the epidemic situation, authentic materials for art creation can be provided, and misunderstandings and anxieties can relieved. We look forward to hearing about the most real thoughts and showing the truest state of people during the outbreak through this online exhibition. We sincerely long to increase the possibility of communication and mutual understanding, and let the vital function of art, warming the soul, return. In the midst of common adversity, hope art can truly touch the bottom of heart, cross borders, convey love and help selves and others though we’re oceans apart.