The first Wednesday of this new year will stay in our hearts and anchored in our minds, as a horrendous dark day…
Today, the offices of the satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, faced an outrageoulsy violent attack that killed 12 people.
It was them today. What if it was me tomorrow?!
It was not only an assault to one magazine and a few cartoonists, but an offence to the entire artistic world. I would rather not have had to publish this article tonight – I’d even prepared something else – but the thing is… I’m one of them too.
I’m an artist in my own way and that’s how I choose to communicate. For my part, I write, I’m a storyteller. I also photograph and make videos. In a word, I create. THIS is my way of expressing myself, my way of expressing what I feel, how I feel, what offends me and shocks me.
My only ‘weapons’ are my pen and my camera. They are weapons of mass creation, not weapons of mass murder.
If I do what I do it is because I believe art is the only thing that can help the world move forward to a far much better future. I wrote it a little while ago, but it’s more than ever true today:
What the world needs is something that’s so big and so free at the same time that no one thinks about it, something that’s way more valuable than money… that’s something universal. That is ART! That’s what will enter our minds & souls and fathom our thinking.
ART is something that happens to us and touches the deepest parts of ourselves even if we don’t want it to. Most of the time, you’re unconscious when you’re touched by art, but the thing is… you are! Whether you like it or not! That is more powerful than anything you can ever think of.
Our world is so full of violence… and I feel like it gets worse every single day. But is it because it happens more and more that it should become common – or worse even – normal?! I don’t think so. What happened profoundly affected and horrified me. More than ever, it’s time to gather, time to look in the same direction, time to hope…
© Illustration by Flavie Peticoeur
These men (or I should rather call them monsters) killed these journalists, cartoonists, artists – in other words, creators – only because they didn’t agree with them, because they didn’t have the same opinion. How sad and pathetic is that!
So what now?! If they don’t agree with what I write or if they find my work offensive, they’ll shoot me?!
Is it really happening? Is the world such an awful place?
I refuse to believe that.
‘Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.’ – Victor Hugo
VIVE LA LIBERTE D’EXPRESSION! ET VIVE LA FRANCE!
HERE’S TO THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION! And VIVE LA FRANCE!
‘Do you hear the people sing
Lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people
Who are climbing to the light.
For the wretched of the earth
There is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end
And the sun will rise.’
– From the epilogue of Les Miserables – Musical
© Photo by On my way – by Marie