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"I paint like someone who writes poetry, involved by events on the surface of the paper. However, I also paint, as an illustrator, to connect with the world and to intervene in it with the resources I have. Each illustration is always connected to a story, to an event, to a moment. Some are connected to small things; others are composed of stories involving more noble deeds. That is why the illustration has a predominant graphic, public and social dimension. Most of the works I would like to exhibit here were born from the stories of people who fight for a better world. From doctors in remote places in Africa, from people who take in refugees, from people who come together to defend human differences, from those who fight against the stigma of mental illness and those who struggle to save rivers – along with many others." Maria Reis Rocha
"A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings".
The story is about a boy who curiously travels to a whole new world. We get to see what he discovers, how he establishes new friendships and the adventures and good times he experiences with new friends, until the moment he is needed back home. Influenced by this beautiful adventure, he leaves his new world, leaving behind what is worth the most. It is a story full of hope and emotion.
These illustrations are from the book Fremdy and Friendy, written by a Lebanese author living in Germany. By moving to a different country, the author had the chance to discover a new adventurous world of different cultures and new friendships. The names of the heroes refer to the words "fremd" in German (unknown/foreign) and "friend" in English (friend/friendly). Two apparently opposing ideas that, when put together, bring the unfamiliar closer to the heart.
For those who are feeling completely locked inside your homes, just a quick reminder that imagination can be a good key to set you free. Let's make a little sacrifice for the safety of all of us.