At Sidi Bouzid, agricultural capital in the heart of Tunisia, a seller of fruits and vegetables, Mohamed Bouazizi, 26, set him self on fire on December 17, 2010, before dying on January 4, 2011. His gesture of despair caused a wave of protests and demonstrations against unemployment and the high cost of living, unprecedented twenty years throughout the country.
Today it is thought that Mohamed Bouazizi’s death marks the beginning of a change in the Middle East: people in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and other countries raising their voices to demand peace.
The artist peacekeeper Effer Lecébé decided to honor this man who has become worldwide and particularly in the Maghreb, the symbol of freedom and human rights.
In Paris, France, Lecébé’s work is exhibited in the Center of Contemporary Art. His work is a reaction to these very recent developments. What impressed me that this young artist needed less time to come up with a very strong confronting visual statement on the recent events in the Middle East than many governments and the United Nations.
Where: Center of Contemporary Art, Salle Louis Geoffroy, Paris, France
Note of Sranan Art Xposed, Marieke Visser: This work reminds me of visual artist Kurt Nahar’s work in Suriname, which also reflects on recent history. Nahar, like Lécébe, makes thought provoking art. Art which confronts the viewer with reality and the fact that one has to take a stand.