Monday, 8 October 2018

Future Lost

Pedro X. Molina, October 4, 2018.
"Faber López was a police officer, who at some point during the protests againt the
Ortegan government decided enough was enough and handed in his resignation.
He was forced into the street, where he was killed on July 8. He was killed
by the police, according to his mother".

@Inktober is now in its ninth year dedicating one month to the basic act of drawing. Free of the demands from editors and other customers, this is an occasion created to let the pen run free. It is a celebration of the infinite possibilities of hand and pen. What is otherwise toned down, can now twirl and twist with just the one requirement that each day during October should produce its own drawing.

Pedro X. Molina, October 6, 2018.
"Rayneia Lima was a Brazilian medical student in Nicaragua. She was killed by
paramilitaries when she was driving home after finishing her shift at a local hospital.
She was 31".

While Inktober is toning down the content for the form, Pedro X. Molina is dedicating the daily deadline to a subject that has been drowned in all that has taken place in Nicaragua this spring and summer. He declares the cartoon an instrument and his present task is an extensive one morally and workwise to get every detail right. Pedro X. Molina is dedicating each day to a Nicaraguan, who has lost her or his life by hands of the Ortega's paramilitary groups. More often than not a young person, now given a face and their personal data for their moment of recognition.

The young could in terms of dates already belong to a past, yet what they stood for is as important and unresolved as ever, and so their loss is given a presence on why they were denied a future.

Pedro X. Molina, October 7, 2018.
"Matt Romero, a high school student was participating in a march for the freedom of political
prisoners on September 23, where he was killed. He was 16".

They are each looking directly at us with welcoming generosity. They are not confronting us. Theirs are the open faces of the young in contrast to the disguised militants, who took their lives. These are the ones, who have been called derogatory names by Rosario Murillo. Now we see the true light of their faces. They are the future lost.

Each is presented with a piece of characteristics or a symbol on the human that were here mere moments ago. The soft apparel of the former uniformed policeman, for one. Most notable are the recurring blue and white stripes. They are Nicaragua.

Pedro X. Molina's #inktober2018 can be followed at his Instagram account @pxmolina.

Pedro X. Molina, October 5, 2018.
"Erick Cubillo was a student at Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria.
In killing him, his two-year old daughter was left without her father".

The cartoons shown are courtesy of Pedro X. Molina: PLEASE SHARE THEM.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

The Portrait Test

What do you want people to say when they point to your oil painting?

Khalid Albaih, MBS and the "Media", March 8, 2018.
Mohammed bin Salman boosting his image as a reformer
while jailing dissent.
100 years, 200 years, 300 years from now, what are the deeds that stand out, when all the noise has evaporated? When you are no longer there to butter up the press so that they fall for your sweet-talking about being moderate and forward thinking?

The exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Dr. Khashoggi has been a tireless and important voice on what is going on behind the Saudi cover of moderation, while authoritarianism is being strengthened.

Rumors speak of his being killed within the consulate. We only have rumors, but we know of their being only too possible.

The pattern is well established. The women's rights bloggers, Nouf Abdulaziz and Eman al-Nafjan, are both under arrest. In Yemen millions, many of which are infants, are facing starvation due to the Saudi-led coalition.

Then let the cartoonists carry the true painting from the attic.

Cartoonists believe in disclosure while everyone is still around and so they carry Dorian Gray's portrait from the attic of Oscar Wilde's novel, in this case the true likeness of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as drawn by Khalid Albaih. Eating children is one of the oldest tropes of evil. In this case, the situation is an actual one.

The Crown Prince is the acting body in seeing to the starving taking place. He is feasting on the profits from letting infants in the millions die from starvation.

Khalid Albaih, Yemeni Meal, September 25, 2018.

Dorian Gray killed the artist of his oil painting to keep his soul a secret. In September the Saudi authorities declared a ban on online satire for its "disruption" of "public order".

Well, this is not satire. This is the Saudi leader grown into his own cartoon for what he is: the opposer of civil rights. His answer to non-violent speaking of rights is one of violence.

You shall indeed be your own portrait of what you do. 

Khalid Albaih, OBEY, November 7, 2017.

The cartoons shown are courtesy of Khalid Albaih and must not be reproduced without his permission.

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