I couldn’t decide which version to draw since each conveys a different atmosphere. The day version focuses more on hope, while the night version focuses more on oppression, so in the end I drew both.
A scene from Fisheye Placebo.
This image was inspired by a free Breadley Manning protest I participated in. We were a small group of about 20-30 peaceful protesters met by an overkill of riot police. We dissipated peacefully to avoid arrest but the image of facing against a roll of riot police remained in my mind.
For those not familiar with Bradley Manning, he was the one who leaked the Collateral Murder video to Wikileaks. The video details the slaughter of innocent Iraqi civilians and journalists by American soldiers. Amongst the injured were 2 children whose father was killed. When the journalists' families asked about how they were killed, they were lied to. For revealing the true casualties of war, Manning was put into solitary confinement and tortured without trial. Learn more and support the cause at [link]
This is an amazing picture.
What a coincidence for you, Techgnotic, to publish your article relating the tale of artist's freedom, a few days before the event happening in France.
For those which are not aware, this morning (wednesday, the 7th of january 2015) in Paris, the editorial staff of the paper « Charlie Hebdo » has been attacked by people armed with guns : twelve were killed and four were mortally wounded.
Before anything else, let me tell you a bit about Charlie Hebdo : it is a (very) satirical weekly newspaper publishing cartoons, reports, polemics and jokes featuring People (like our own President François Hollande) and religious figures (Popes, God, Muhammed, and so many others…) in various and often very obscene scenes.
One of the goal of this paper is to « challenge the powers-that-be »¹ using more than provocative cartoons, insolent headlines and so on… If you are curious, just go on and check out a few of C.H's covers, and even if you don't understand French, I promise you that you will rapidly get the gist of it…
Anyway, commons reactions was either to be deeply amused by this « quirky humour », be deeply offended or not really have an opinion about it (let's not forget about those.) The fact is that today, people heavily wounded by some printings retaliated against paper, pencils, expression, art, with guns and murder. The clues lead toward Islamic believers (exrtremists) : shout out « Allahu Akbar ! » and « we have have avenged the Prophet Muhammed ! » after slaughtering cartoonists who had previously drawn cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed and the Islamic State Militant group leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghadi, it is kind of a dead give away.
The point is, yes, people were hurt by some of the drawings because they insulted their beliefs and religion, but striking back with physical violence and bloodshed is unacceptable. This is a direct attack against the freedom of expression. The expression of cartoonists (four of them were killed, one being the editor of C.H.). The expression of artists.
So today, masses are mourning, grieving for the lost ones, crying for the wounded ones, and are outraged by this infringement of our freedom of expression. Because it concerns us all.
So, thank you Techgnotic for reminding us that artists are free, that they yield power, and should express it against it all.
Je suis Charlie.
¹ quoted from : www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-…
Thank you as well, Yuumei, for your amazing art.
The police are one matter. But I will not stand idly by while my brothers are falsely accused.
I'm not saying it wasn't overkill, but if too small of a number of riot police are deployed, what may be a peaceful protest may be turned by violent or angry people into a violent protest. I'm not saying you are wrong, but it almost sounds as though you think riot police abuse their power.