TRUE STORIES - Benjamin Jeanjean
Benjamin Jeanjean drawings make the viewer confront their own vanity and covert desires and unfold the depths of their subconscious by turning objects into symbols and vice versa
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TRUE STORIES

A three week residency in Adhocpad gallery in Vienna/Austria.

Documenting refuggees stories of Ali, Firas, Simo, …

met in Vienna during the residency.

All Screenprints profits goes to charity.

DECEMBER 2016

A struggle for life, freedom and humanity

As told by refugees and illustrated by Benjamin Jeanjean

This is about a project that started with a feeling. The feeling that we are all Humans. No matter if we are black or white, good or bad, no matter where you came from.

I want to step out of my imaginary sanctuary and bring reality to life. To illustrate their stories. TRUE STORIES.

Let yourself get dragged into their struggle.

It is also our struggle-for life.

FEATURE STORIES AND HELP FROM :

Ali

33 years old / political refugee from Iran / Architect/ Artist

SIMO

22 years old / refugee from Syria / Student

FIRAS

18 years old / refugee from Syria / Student

AND ALL I MET

Thanks for sharing positivity and humanity ....

STORY

We all have skulls, we all are humans.

I’m living in a small village in the Southwest of France right on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a good life but it’s also a bit like living in a bubble, you don’t get in touch with the „real world“ too much. War, torture and escape seem to happen in another world, on another planet. But only because we don’t see something it doesn’t mean it’s not there.

 

One morning a few weeks ago I was waiting for my turn in the bakery next door. As I was reading the local newspaper’s headline about 32 refugees arriving in our neighbor town I could hear the people in front of me discussing the news. They seemed worried. Not worried for the people that had escaped war, terror and destruction but worried for their own lives. They seemed to worry that their comfortable lives would change now. As if these refugees, most of whom had lost everything except their lives, were nothing but bugs – they wouldn’t do any harm but they would penetrate their bubble and disturb their carefree lives. Like a dark spot ruining the beautiful painting.

I was gutted. On this day something inside me changed. As an artist I’m normally looking for inspiration in the unknown, a surreal world that lives from our dreams, thoughts and fears. But now it was time to step out of this imaginary sanctuary. To bring reality to life. To illustrate the reality of refugees. To tell their stories. True stories. This is why I’m here.

The essence of my art didn’t change though. I want people to look closer. This is when their imagination kicks in and the unconscious takes over. Skulls, for example, are only skulls at first glance. But in fact, they represent any human: blacks, whites, Syrians, Austrians, Americans, good people, bad people, workers, doctors, politicians, you, me. We all have skulls, we all are humans. There is a story behind each human, and each story is worth to be told. „

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Ali Story.

Human Rights. Article 19

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

GALLERY

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True stories

Human Rights. Article 1.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

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Ali Story.

Human Rights. Article 19.

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

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Ali Story.

Human Rights. Article 9

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

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Simo Story.

Human Rights. Article 6.

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

THANKS

Video credit

Christian Fischer

creative hub & project space.

Eventlocation, Think Tank, Artist in Residence Programm, ...

RVCA

RVCA ARTIST NETWORK PROGRAM

Pictures credits

Christian Fischer, Lilo Krebernik, Taha Alshemäree TJ