Confucius Institute at University of Sydney and Australian National Maritime Museum Jointly Hold “On Sharks & Humanity” Exhibition

[Source]    chinanews.com [Time]    2019-03-04 17:59:12 
 


“On Sharks & Humanity” Exhibition held by Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) Photo by Tao Shelan

On February 22nd, the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney and ANMM jointly held the “On Sharks & Humanity” Exhibition for special guided tour, hoping to arouse the public awareness of protecting the oceans and marine organism.


Guests watching “On Sharks & Humanity” Exhibition Photo by the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney

Ms. Daina Fletcher, a senior exhibition planner, hosted the “On Sharks & Humanity” Exhibition guided tour. Over 20 partners of the Confucius Institute and news media attended the event. The guests present at the event include Malcolm Moir, Head of Foundation and Development at ANMM, Professor Kathy Belov, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) of the University of Sydney, and Professor Anna Reid, Dean and Head of Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

As a large scale international exhibition that attracts global attention, the “On Sharks & Humanity” Exhibition has been held in Monaco, Moscow, Beijing, Singapore and Hong Kong. The exhibition presents the extraordinary works of 11 contemporary Chinese artists, which explore the tense and sensitive relation between humanity and the sea. Regarding sharks as dangerous marine animals, the people hold deep hatred and prejudice towards sharks and prey on them. This exhibition challenges such behaviors of the people, demonstrating the important role of sharks in maintaining the balance of marine ecosystem as well as the negative influence of overfishing sharks on marine environment.


Guests after visiting the “On Sharks & Humanity” Exhibition Photo by the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney

As Australia’s largest center for marine collection, exhibition, research and archaeological studies, ANMM receives nearly one million visitors every year. As one of the museums with the largest and most diversified fleets in the world, ANMM provides various cultural and educational programs to inspire the public’s reflection on marine environment. ANMM is a major spokesperson that advocates protecting and promoting Australia’s marine heritages. The “On Sharks & Humanity” Exhibition is presented by ANMM, planned and sponsored by Parkview Art Action, supported and assisted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney.

Jin Xing, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney expressed that the Confucius Institute has always adhered to the principle of cultural exchanges and cooperation, as shown by this art exhibition jointly held by China and Australia. Through language learning, cultural experience and art appreciation, it is committed to advancing cultural exchanges between China and Australia as well as promoting the mutual understanding and friendship of the two peoples.

Malcolm Moir, Professor Kathy Belov and Niu Wenqi, Education Counselor of the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney delivered their speeches and extended congratulations to ANMM for holding such a meaningful exhibition. They also appreciated the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney for its tremendous contributions to the cultural exchanges between China and Australia in the past ten years. Professor Kathy Belov even expressed the best wishes for a happy New Year in Chinese and she hoped that this was the beginning of the cooperation between ANMM and the Confucius Institute to jointly promote the development of and exchanges between Australia and China.

To hold this exhibition successfully, the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney and ANMM had jointly organized two workshops for Chinese traditional art paper cutting, which enjoyed tremendous popularity among local residents.

(Story by Tao Shelan, chinanews.com, Sydney, February 22nd)

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