_ Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable- Cesar Cruz.
For his first Show on ART Paris, Kossi Aguessy will introduce his monumental AlAkhar serie of scuptures debuting with a Portrait of LEILA ALAOUI.
Portraying these people, collateral damages of a society which ends up watching every consequences of its past acts as one watches a movie, mentally killed me. Yet I had to.I had for once to step out of the refuge of my inner world for confronting THE reality we've settled.I had to try at least to link faces to these names we hear on tv, read on the#victimlists of attacks, or beheadings.These OTHERS, we sacrifice, then talk about as if they were just some comedians in our favourite sitcom.BecauseIf Leila Alaoui was murdered in Ouagadougou last January, if Aylan Kurdi ended up in the troubled waters of the Mediterranean Sea, if Angela Githakwa, had her life shortened in Garissa, If Anne Laure Arruebo, died in Paris for having a drink at a terrasse, if James Foley had lost his life and head, it is by the hands of a creature of us, a monster we witnessed our leaders create, in silence, as it served our comfort.Because, From Libya to Iraq, from Afghanistan to Lebanon, we let our fellows leaders play chess with millions of lives, for the comfort of our daily dose of oil and gas, for the sake of power fight and what they call "geopolitics" We let them nourish and arm whoever the wanted, as long as it was far from us.Then comes the day we find out we could be the "others" as well, the ones under fire, the day we found out our creature wouldn't spare any of us.Then what? Life goes on? Till the next time we will invoke another "other", claiming we are them?It might be time, we understand we are THE OTHERS. Time we understand we are part of the problem, time we knowledge if we do not question the source, whatever we do or let do, the evil we've created will come back haunting our days, knocking on our door. It might be time we stop letting our leaders burn the neibourghs houses thinking ours will be spared..