Every day, I post on Twitter my blog, but I don’t paint; I don’t have this talent.But I am happy that those who have it use their art to stand for Syria.
I wrote two posts about a painter, Marc Nelson, whose paintings share the suffering of Syrian kids.
I want to write this one about the experience of another painter, Bonnie Kippermann, who, today, transformed the immense paint of Picasso, “Guernica”, adding to it the Syrian genocide. It is my header; have a close look on it: the only source of light is an electric spot on the scene, with a blue lightning; the dismantled persons are as tortured in a jail, and to the black , who was the only color used by Picasso, Bonnie Kippermann adds the crude red, this of blood.
Since years, about the repression of the Syrian Revolution, we talk of a “bloodbath”: this painting shows us the meaning of the word.
The black of the scene, and the red, quasi purple, of the blood, mixed with the yellow of corpses under this light: this opus, very graphic, uses the known chef-d’oeuvre to enlighten the suffering of a whole population.Compared to the painting of Picasso , this one is a reference, but the painting is really a creation sharing the martyrdom of Syria.
Guernica was the disappearance of a whole town; by the chemical weapons, Assad and the coalition kills regions, and, more than regions or governorates, they kill a people.
On the Spanish Civil War of 1936, we don’t have many artistic opus: the painting of Picasso is the main; the others are testimonies, written under the form of novel, by Hemingway , who engaged in the Red Brigades.In the following of this war, WWII began.
Guernica is only a beginning.
Now, as I write these lines, so many cities had been exterminated that only art can give a life to the victims.
In 2014, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch found and published the “Cesar Report”: photographs taken by the ex-official photographer of Assad in the prisons of the regime; thanks to these ones, the relatives could identity in the victims members of their family, and the dead had a name again.The report of Human Rights Watch on these photos is entitled If the Dead Could Speak .
The Syrian activists , based in the UK, post on the network videos and photos so that the public stay aware of the situation; this was a hospital, and its photo was shared today by the Syrian Opposition:
Since 2011, a network of pro-Assad propaganda and pro-ISIS had time to organize.These “trolls”, in terms of media, share fake news to counter the Revolution.
Facing the danger of bombs, of indifference, of “trolls”, Syrian Revolutionaries and their supporters have few means: but the more efficient is art, because it paints scenes which have become ordinary, as if the evil could become so banal.
Under a photo of a child victim of chemicals , a photo that nobody look at, a painting by Marc Nelson.