Since I created this blog, I wrote mainly on Syria, and sometimes on human rights violations in other countries of the Middle-East: Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and so on…
Many towns have been totally destroyed by war, such as Aleppo, and the most emblematic painting on destroyed towns is Guernica, by Picasso.
It has been adapted to the Syrian situation by the artist Bonnie Kipperman.
Since this adaptation, the painter Marc Nelson continues to paint for Syria.
All these paintings are like a claim for Syrian sufferings, for the destruction endured by a whole land, by a population who , in 2011,launched a peaceful Revolution and are now the victims of a genocide.
My Guernica, this of Picasso, by its immensity, by the violence it produces, is a movement of sympathy for these victims.
The opus is a denunciation of a destruction during the Spanish War of 1936, which put fascism at the power.
But it has still an actuality with all the destroyed cities of Syria.
Some are victim of bombing, of continuous violence, such as Raqqa, and are ignored.
Even if this post is not long, I want to make of it a remember that ALL cities deserve to be known , and none must be ignored.
Painting of towns, of kids, are a form of militant ism, of activism.
I only write, but I will include, as a tribute , the opus of these artists, because languages are different , and I was obliged to add a “translation” option on my home page, but art is universal.
Syria : I hope this Guernica will end.