Art + tobacco control, depicting a smoke-free and healthy future with “500 pens”
China News Service, Beijing, May 9th (Reporter Li Chun) The offline experimental art of “500 Pens + Commitment to Quit Smoking” sponsored by the World Health Organization Representative Office in China and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and co-organized by the Central Academy of Fine Arts The interactive event was held in Beijing on the 9th. The event invited Chinese contemporary visual artist Wu Jian’an to bring the work creation model “Five Hundred Pens” that integrates painting, paper-cutting, collage and other art forms into the public health scene, calling for social attention and promoting tobacco control actions.
Activity scene. Photo courtesy of the event organizer
“Five Hundred Pens” is one of Wu Jian’an’s most concerned art creation series in recent years, and has been implemented many times at home and abroad. Hundreds of strokes painted by hundreds of people will be cut, collaged, and recreated by Wu Jian’an and his team, and finally form a work of art of “500 Pens + Commitment to Quit Smoking”, combining hundreds of quit smoking promises into one The public’s call for smoke-free and healthy. The final work will be officially announced on World No Tobacco Day on May 31 this year.
Academician Gao Fu, Director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, delivered a speech at the event. Photo courtesy of the event organizer
At the event site on the 9th, there were hundreds of people from all walks of life including Gao Fu, director of the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Chang Qide, United Nations Coordinator in China, and young actor/singer Xu Weizhou. Participate in artistic creation together and make a commitment to quit smoking in the form of “one person, one deal”.
According to the latest WHO report data, tobacco use causes 8 million lives to be lost globally every year. Globally, there are approximately 1.337 billion tobacco users among people aged 15 and over. The number of smokers in China reached 308 million.
Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations Coordinator in China, delivered a speech at the event. Photo courtesy of the event organizer
In a video speech sent to the event that day, Gao Li, the representative of the World Health Organization in China, pointed out that tobacco control is about saving lives. Quitting smoking can bring immediate and long-term health benefits. For example, within 12 hours after quitting smoking, the carbon monoxide in the blood drops to a normal level; within one year after quitting smoking, the risk of coronary heart disease is reduced to half that of smokers.
Dr Gauden Galea, the representative of the World Health Organization in China, delivered a video speech. Photo courtesy of the event organizer
Colli said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, art brings people unity and hope. It is hoped that the blessing of art can help us bring relevant smoking cessation information to hundreds of millions of smokers, and mobilize more smokers to make cessation commitments. The art form of “500 Pens” shows how individual contributions can help achieve collective goals. “Every one of us will form a joint force to create and realize a common vision-a smoke-free future, a healthy future.”
Professor of the Central Academy of Fine Arts School of Experimental Art and contemporary visual artist Wu Jian’an explained “Five Hundred Pens” 》Creative mode. Photo courtesy of the event organizer
Chang Qide said that using art forms to help tobacco control is a “beautiful approach.” Art transcends culture, race, religion, and region. Whether it is poetry, painting, music, or literature, different art forms can be understood by people. “Like today’s ‘500 strokes’, everyone draws a stroke, and each stroke is combined like a symphony.”
Among the 17 sustainable development goals proposed by the United Nations, The third goal is to “ensure a healthy lifestyle and promote the well-being of people of all ages.” Chang Qide pointed out that one of the main obstacles to achieving this goal is tobacco use. Not only does it cause 8 million people to lose their lives in the world each year, the annual economic loss caused by global tobacco consumption is also as high as 1.4 trillion US dollars.
p >Young actor/singer Xu Weizhou shows his paintings. Photo courtesy of the event organizer
“What’s worse is the harm caused by second-hand smoke to countless children.” Chang Qide said that just because adults are irresponsible, children will suffer from diseases caused by second-hand smoke. , Affecting their health and even the future birth rate of the country in which they are located. “Today is Mother’s Day. This also gives us an opportunity to emphasize the commitment to tobacco control.”
Gao Fu pointed out that China is fully advancing the Healthy China Initiative, the fourth of which is the “Tobacco Control Action.” To do a good job in tobacco control, it is very important to promote science.
Gao Fu said that as of May 1 this year, more than 30 places in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xi’an, Lanzhou, Wuhan, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, and Zhangjiakou, have promoted smoke-free environmental legislation. , The beneficiaries reached 14%. On the whole, China has done a lot of work on smoke-free environmental legislation in recent years and has achieved results.
Gao Fu also pointed out that the creativity of “art + tobacco control” makes the next step of tobacco control action a good start. Tobacco control requires everyone to act together, first of all to protect themselves, but also to fulfill a social responsibility. “Every stroke is a promise, and every stroke is our advocacy for smoking cessation actions.”
Children participating in the activity are painting. Photo courtesy of the event organizer
For Wu Jian’an, this creative project has extraordinary significance. He said that everyone’s strokes will be disassembled from the original structure, and then these strokes will be put together on a new piece of white paper. The interactive form of experimental art, a strong sense of participation and ritual, transforms the intangible commitment and support for quitting smoking into action, which is tangibly presented in works of art.
Speaking of the final appearance of the work, Wu Jianan expected that “it is a huge and balanced picture formed by many people” and an “abstract group image.” Regarding the help that this “group portrait” will bring to the tobacco control action, Wu Jian’an said that everyone who joins in and shares the smoking cessation story has become an integral part of the work. Art creation ultimately presents a kind of group energy, “People may be more willing to share, telling everyone that he participated in such a “Farewell to Tobacco Addiction” activity. This social influence will be very special.” (End)