In 1912, exactly a century ago, the writer Anatole France published «The Gods are Thirsty», an epic of the French revolution in its bloodiest years, the years of terror. How could one not think of this when, a century later, at the time of the Arab revolutions which started of as a “spring” mirroring the springtime of European people in 1848, before plunging into doubt and violence? Palestinian artist living in Paris, Jad Salman seems to echo this in his latest series.
While the gods were thirsty, now the wild beasts are hungry. Beasts lurking in the shadow of Arab nations dormant for many years, comfortable in either “harsh”or “soft” dictatorships, are now awake craving for their daily share of fresh meat. Using layers of bright colors, feline shapes, god’s finger or winds’ explosions, the artist takes us where the past, the present and the future overlap outlining the next and unknown step.
Dr. Gilles Kremer / French editor & journalist