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Women's Strength and Vision Showcased for International Women's Day

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In this day and age, women have the opportunity, more than ever, to explore their potential and pursue their dreams. Many women today have become resilient leaders in their areas of expertise, inspirations to others, and those skilled in the arts are no exception.

On the afternoon of March 5th, a group exhibition of female artists hosted by Wangfujing Outlet Town, was launched on its third floor terrace, presenting the work of seven female artists, each in different fields of art.

The group exhibition celebrated this year's International Women's Day, while, significantly, providing an opportunity for the sharing of women's experiences of success as well as thoughts about how women can stand independently while pursuing further career goals.

A miniature catwalk T-stage was set up at the event site, surrounded by 50 seats for guests. To begin the event, the audience viewed a catwalk show of long floral dresses designed by Yingyun Li, one of the female artists attending the event. Then the seven artists were invited up on stage to share their stories.

Yue Zhang
Yue Zhang

Yue Zhang, senior photographer at City Times. She has been engaged in news photography for 14 years, winning major news photography prizes, of special note, Sina's 2013 Degrees Celsius Annual In-Depth Report Photography Award. In her work, the unique perspectives of women are always included. Her masterpiece, "Mothers of Breast Milk Pumping", won the first prize in Yunnan news awards, and was reprinted by thousands of media platforms and websites across the country. Her works have been published on Sina, Tencent, Beijing News, and other platforms many times.

After sharing her career story, Zhang expressed this encouragement to all the female guests: "Women of different ages possess unique beauty which belongs especially to that particular age. We as women should learn to appreciate our [different] beauties and bloom independently."

Yingyun Li
Yingyun Li

Yingyun Li, Co-founder of The Hours, has wide-ranging interests and talents, having done work as an artist of large space installations, a floral and clothing designer, one of the scene designers of the Kunming COP15 biodiversity conference, a set designer for the Hunan Satellite TV show "Embarking on The Journey" and the Iqiyi TV series "Love Biological Clock".

From her work, Li drew this thought: "What flowers and plants taught me is accepting dislike from others. Those who like roses don't necessarily appreciate wintersweet. All you have to do is accept and love yourself."

Liping Jiang
Liping Jiang

Liping Jiang, member: Chinese Female Painters Association, the Yunnan Artists Association, the Yunnan Calligraphers Association, and the Chinese Painting Art Committee. She has long been committed to the research, teaching and creation of Chinese calligraphy and painting art, and many of her works have been collected by Chinese and foreign collectors and art institutions. Additionally, she is a founder of Wenlin Gallery, a famous art museum in Kunming,.

Jiang's speech greatly inspired all the guests present. "In the past ten years, what I have been doing is mainly working on the landscape of China, especially showing the Red Land of Dongchuan in Yunnan. When I am with my husband, I am half me; when I am with my son, I am also half me; when I am in the workplace, I may be one tenth or even one percent me; only when I am drawing, am I 100% me. What I want to tell all women is that being your true self, is a challenging but also a possible achievement."

Fei Wang
Fei Wang

The four other invited artists likewise shared their stories as they delivered their speeches. Fei Wang, graceful as she came on stage, is a successful independent brand designer, and she has also worked in Magenta Graphic Photography Studio in Melbourne from 2015-2016 and founded personal designer brand Phoenixeye in 2017. Independent illustrator, Ding Ding, was formerly a Byte Dance official illustrator, and is now an official cooperative illustrator for Coca Cola, Tencent and Lumenis. Tianyu Dui, an independent furniture designer and independent curator, founded her own furniture design brand, Yemu Design Studio. These three exceptional women leaders each shared stories of being an entrepreneur alongside pursuing what they love.

Nir
Nir

Talking the least and appearing the coolest at the event was Nir, an edgy artist, whose works are all created by knitting wool. She has already held two individual exhibitions, as well as taking part in a group exhibition with another artist at CGK1903 Kunming. Nir told the audience, "Finding out what you're truly willing to devote yourself to is extremely fortunate. If it happens to you, please do as much as you can to guard your dream."

The exhibition opening event showed how important it is for women to share their stories of successful entrepreneurship, setting positive examples to encourage every woman to look to her true self.

The artwork of these seven artists is exhibited on the ground floor of Outlet Town, Wangfujing. The exhibition will be open until the end of March, with no ticket required for admittance; all are welcome.

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