It is with these repeated horrific events, like the latest terror attack in Nice, that I hope we are going to have ONE long-term positive effect: . In the face of such wanton barbarity, there is an immediate flush of support and solidarity, an outpouring of laments, the creation of new #IamNice slogans and logos… […]
Peace for Paris A photo posted by @jean_jullien on Nov 13, 2015 at 3:05pm PST As I wrote on my personal blog, #ParisAttacks Aftershocks and the Urge to Find Meaning, there seems little doubt that we are going to see a lasting effect of the cumulative terrorist attacks. Depending on where we live, we are increasingly faced […]
I listened yesterday to a Western photographer, whose name has been kept secret out of concern for his safety and who has been working in the government-controlled part of Deir ez-Zor, Syria, give an interview on the BBC. In the ten-minute interview, the photographer talked about living in this city, with a population of some 200,000 […]
My second contribution to the Charlie Hebdo Massacre. #iamcharlie Iamcharlie To all the cartoonists who bring to life the issues and challenge of our daily existence. Here is my first one: “It’s a pen I want, not Le pen”
My artistic contribution following the Charlie Hebdo massacre. #JeSuisCharlie BTW The image of the boy on the right was derived from Calvin & Hobbes. See the Gawker story of its origin. The fountain pen is a gorgeous Classic Pens LB2 Kimono Daichi (from Collectors Weekly). These Maki-e pens are hand-painted in Japan with a gold and lacquer process. […]
The media on both sides of the Atlantic have been feeding on two separate, but related issues: the building of a mosque right nearby Ground Zero (GZM) and the expulsion of “Roma” gypsies from France. At the core of both situations is a latent question of xenophobia. Both France and the US have a long history of immigration. Both countries’ future relies heavily on their ability to attract immigrants and, emphatically, to be able to cultivate diversity. Yet, where is the line to be drawn before the national threshold feels compromised? Thus, the common question posed in these two situations, for me, is how to remain open to diversity, yet retain a set of shared cultural values and a national identity. I believe that the way these two issues are resolved will speak volumes about how each country will manage its future.