A bout twenty plastic artists from China and Benin joined a photo art exhibition opened Tuesday in the Chinese cultural center of Cotonou, Benin’s economic capital.

The week-long exhibition showcases about hundred photo art works, aimging to celebrate the cultural changes between China and Benin.

The Chinese ambassador to Benin Peng Jingtao and the cabinet director of Benin’s ministry of Culture, tourism and arts Erick Totah jointly launched on Tuesday the opening ceremony.

The ceremony attracted many people, among which learners from Confucius Institute of Benin and members of the diplomatic corps accredited in the African country.

Among other works, “War horsemen” of Immaculé Zekpa, “Sounvi” of Tomedé Marima Gandhi, and “Dogs Courtship ritual ” of Toussain Houessou from Benin could be seen alongside the Chinese works ” The Year of Horse” of Lin Jianfeng and “The friend of my friend is my friend ” of Zhang Huahua.

“The exhibit shows that, despite the distance between China and Benin and the language barriers between the two peoples, artists can interact”, said Peng, underscoring the event has established a bridge of communication and friendship between the artists.

Erick Totah said the exhibition has gathered visual artists of China and Benin around “one and the same mission of cultural wealth enhancement in the two countries”. Enditem

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