Paintings by Falun Gong Practitioners: "Torture by Subzero Temperature"

PureInsight | March 14, 2005

Oil on canvas: "Torture by Subzero Temperature" by Yao Chongqi, 2004

[] The artist illustrates torture by subzero temperatures used in combination with the notorious "Death Bed." The henchmen of the Chinese Communist Party at prisons or forced labor camps often tie Falun Gong practitioners who are steadfast in their belief to an iron or wooden board with their four limbs stretched out and locked in place for weeks, during which time they cannot move at all. Sometimes the torturers strip female Falun Gong practitioners naked during the "Death Bed" torture to add additional insult.

In this portrait, the female Falun Gong practitioner is stripped naked and tied to a cross in the middle of the winter in a room without any heat and with both the window and the door open. The icicles forming at the edge of the cross show plainly the extreme temperature. The policeman in the portrait has apparently totally abandoned his conscience and his humanity as he throws the water in a bucket over the naked Falun Gong practitioner, whose body is already encased in ice. She has apparently lost consciousness or perhaps she has already died as a result of the torture, for her eyes are closed. The halo near her head can be interpreted as a symbol of her steadfast belief in Falun Gong.

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