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ANNE-LISE COSTE     FRANCE

“I was asking myself how to do an anti-war painting in 2013?

It felt to me that the ability to talk about war has become way too nationalized: Palestinians can talk about Palestine, Syrians about Syria (and likewise with other societal problems: poor on poverty, women on feminism, other colors than white on racism).

Is being anti-war today only legitimate if you yourself are suffering from war?

For me, writing Syria on a painting is not being topical or in vogue.

After being commissioned by the Spanish republican government for their Pavilion in the World’s Fair in Paris, Guernica was recognized very quickly by all viewers as a universal statement denouncing the horrors of war, its violence and absurdity, which we all know brings us nowhere.

I want to go somewhere.

I don’ t want to believe the art and the artist cannot be critical and straightforward.

I hope my integrity is my power, I don’t succumb to cynicism and disillusion, I re-assemble Guernica together, tableaux by tableaux.

Working freehand and having faith in the first gesture, I scream with the screamers: merde a la guerre.”

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