Vasileia Markatzi Anaxagorou
HS: “Vasileia Markatzi Anaxagorou is a young artist and writer. The piece she has written seems very relevant and the question of art and political and social responsibility is one we all have to face.”
Evolution, gone wrong.
“It doesn’t bother me, so I don’t care” – said everyone.
It is everywhere. It is all around media – especially social media. Most of us came close to an experience at least with the hashtag: #HumanityisWashedAshore, or with the hashtag that there are several crises in the world. In the aftermath of just another humanitarian crisis last night in Paris, with the bombings, I can’t help but think that there is something extremely wrong with humanity.
I would argue that terrorism comes in disguise. It doesn’t really matter who you are, terrorism has no boundaries and it comes from many sources. I would rather not label any of them right now. The only thing I am hoping is that any crisis in the world and especially the one that happened last night in Paris would NOT be used or rather misused by people as an argument against refugee aid. I hope migrants will not be blamed. But I do know that this is not the case.
It is in the nature of the homophobic and racist, when such events arise: people tend to put the blame on the least fortunate ones, to provide answers to their unresolved questions. Being highly influenced by what is going in Syria the past years and few days ago with the bombings and shootings in Beirut, Baghdad and the rest of the world, I tend to write, and create concept projects around this issue through my artwork and articles. I have it as a state of mind: art should raise awareness on what is going on in the world.
So, because of that, I am part of it: I relate with what I create. I create art to underline any sort of crisis that impacts humanity.
The war, any type of war, makes human beings cruel. The consequences of war make humans “bare forked animals”, as Shakespeare said in King Lear. Being raw myself, I would say war causes inner and outer decay and the ultimate devastation of loss. Art should address this vicious cycle of the devastations of war caused by men on other men.
There is no doubt then, that humanity is washed ashore. Sadly, the catalysts of any war do not get where to draw the line. That is the main problem. Look at Afghanistan, look at Syria, look at Paris, and look at the diachronic controversy in Guantanamo Bay. Such places remain a mouth-shark for all. With the entire refugee crisis in Europe and the media exposure (we should remember that immigration has been around from the 1950s-1960s – it’s not a new phenomenon), there is an important food for thought.
I come from Cyprus; members of my family were and still are refugees due to the 1974 Turkish invasion in Cyprus. They left their home with nothing, and, most shockingly, they left knowing that the future ahead of them was unknown. But they managed to flourish from their own devastation.
Nobody said that this is impossible for the other refugees in the rest of the world. But it is not easy. It is not something that should not be taken for granted. Some people might not be lucky enough. Thus, humanity is essential. Art should be here and raise awareness. Art should be for everyone to understand, to relate, and to connote. Art should be here to address the main crisis of humanity. This is the main concern that humanity should have. Stop the war. Any type of war.
We should shut our mouths when children are sleeping, not when they are dying. But alas, we are all busy doing something else, which appears far more important.