Papy Mahmùd and Amtziri (when she was a child) try to take the train, under the hateful eyes of people... The world of Cathaïr Mùndi is a racist world. Amtziri and her great father have no right in this city, because they belong to the Djinnkirs ethnic group. The Kahn Daoine, who control Cathaïr Mùndi, really don't like colored people (like Djinnkirs...). The other people in this train are Kahns. They have established a legal discriminination, something between the South Africa's apartheid and the segregation in the USA ...
In fact, I just passed my mock diploma and teachers were a little desapointed... They thought the design style of my first project, Cathaïr Mùndi, wasn't enough original. I told them there weren't many video games that talked about racism and discrimination but they answered these two topics weren't visible in my drawings... And that was right! So they want me to make more drawings about racism, and they said it wasn't really important if I exagereted things (I don't agree with them: subtility is better than exageration)...
Well, I hope now people can see Cathaïr Mùndi talks about racism!
For the original version, it's not written "White only", it's written "Réservé aux Kahns" ("reserved to Kahns" in French). Of course the Kahn Daoine ethnic group represents White people. And I'm sure you have an idea about what ethnic group is Djinnkirs. Djinnkirs represent Arabs and African people, I used some Tuareg photos for drawing them (I always thought Tuareg people looks like some metis, some people "between" Arabs and Black people!).
I never say in my diploma that the Kahns are White people, and the Djinnkirs are Black or muslim, because I want readers guess all these things, I want they discover themselves the real identity of my characters. Even if the Djinnkirs use the moon crescent as symbol, they aren't muslim, they are atheist. But it's never said in the story. I thought it would be funnier to keep an ambiguity.
I decided to break this ambiguity just on dA because I discovered many shocking profiles here... Did you know there was a Nazi group on dA?!? They called it "National Socialism" (the original name of the Nazis... *Sigh*! They really don't know what is socialism!) ... I was so shocked: using nazi symbols is shameful and prohibited in France. I didn't use to see swatiskas outside of History books! So many people died because of this stupid doctrine... It's unbelievible some guys continue to think these ideas are right in the 21th century. It's like they never heard of the Shoah!
You can ask me why I decided to represent the racists, the bad guys, using White people... Well, segregation and apartheid were invented by these people, not by Black or other guys, isn't it? And I think racism is still a problem in western countries. In Europe, many people haven't respect for the African or Northern African imigrants. It's sad.
They are so many things I don't understand! And so many people are embarrassed when you talk about racism! Impossible to have some replies. Why? I really think taboos are more dangerous than racism. I'm sorry if I look so naive and stupid (^^!) , but why do some people still use the word "race" whereas UNESCO said in 1958 that this word was wrong and that people should try to never more use it? (The great anthropologist Claude Levi Strauss himself thought "races" were a wrong concept!) 5 millions people died because of this stupid concept! Why do some people ( often American) say Obama is Black whereas he's metis? Why his black side looks more important than his white side? That's so strange...
The only race that exists is human race.
Maybe next time I'll try to make a drawing about patriotism... I always thought that if patriotism didn't exist, racism wouln't have a so important place in this world.
Be proud to belong to the whole community of the human beings, and not only to a little country or a single culture...
(sorry for my bad english, I know it's not cool for talking about polemic things! )
Technic: Photoshop and Pencil Original size: A3 Listening to: Daler Mehndi: Ek-Dana (Please tell me if you know other good bhangra Indian singer like him!^^)
Thanks for the great art and equally great words. I hate it every time I'm to state my race, whenever possible I like to write 'human'. I never understood why people care what I am. It isn't me; I can't control it just like my eye color and hair color. Yet we get accuse of things because of our skin color and state that we care what it is when to me it's the same thing as difference in hair and eye.
On your side note of Patriotism, I really don't think that is the problem(unless people see their country as their race.) for racism. I admit I'm proud for the ideals of my country, but not of it's current state. I consider myself Patriotic; that doesn't mean I agree with every- thing that my country does, but I like the ideals we had. Maybe extreme zealots who claim it's for patriotism, but I think that is the other problem with people of today. They look at the extremists and accuse of the entire group or concepts as being wrong, or worse people who claim they are fo a group, but are not.
I'm afraid the world is still a long way off from thinking of themselves as a community of human beings.
My teacher told us about this story, how that's woman (I forget her name Unfortunatly) was forcivly removed by the police for sitting up at the front of the bus, when the bus driver told her that "blacks sit at the back" .... It's mind-boggoling how stupid that is, and that people thought like that back then
Your thinking of Rosa parks, DreamsphereINC and people still think like that, especially those who you agree with. As for Catel-Ruz, it has potential but I don't think you understand the subject/subjects enough to do it/them justice. It seems you have been hiding from the actual truths of this world and freak out when events, thoughts or people contradict your beliefs judging by the rant you wrote down in the description. I assume this will sound troll-ish but this isn't its purpose. Unfortunately, this will probably be lost on the urchins of DA.
As a side note: I like the style, the various parts causes the eyes to focus to the two characters without being overt and the colors work very well together. What cultures did you base the two groups on?
incredible! so so incredible! and a powerful message which goes back before so many of our own parents or even their parents were born..
*from a fellow part of the human race who thinks the human race is all fully human regardless of location where one was born or "what any of us look like".
each human was born and needed to be handled with care, hope, love, the "simple building blocks" so to speak. even as an artist would care for a piece of art which is "inanimate".
this is a basic concept it would seem. but i too as you have said of your self? [no disrespect implied at all.. no- none at all! <3 ] am and have been very naive my whole life with my eyes very much open as it seems. seeing things i could not believe up until now both good not so good and indifferent i am glad to be alive and am glad my husband is alive and must be thankful .. your art is absolutely exquisite- all of it not just this one piece .. so enough of my words... thredd or Ramsie Shick <3 be well! and much joy to you
I think it's great that you're exploring this theme in your work, but sad that it's still so relevant in this day and age. Racism and bigotry have been with us for a very long time, and they're so deeply-rooted that I wonder if we'll ever move past them completely.
It's true that lighter-skinned people of European descent have a history of exploiting and discriminating against other peoples the world over, but Caucasians certainly don't corner the market on racism. Look at the caste system in India, and similar social stratification in Japan, as well as the treatment of the Ainu there. Institutionalized racism has been a part of many cultures and countries, and slavery has as well.
Your choice to depict the Kahns as lighter-skinned and the Djinnkirs as darker-skinned in order to explore the theme of racism makes sense and is certainly common enough as far as our own world history goes. In looking at history, though, it seems like xenophobia, racism, violence, discrimination, and exploitation are very common anywhere two different cultures/religions/skin colors collide.
The way I see it, there's only one race: the human race. I'm a firm believer in life in other galaxies, since the universe is so vast, but we're the only Homo sapiens in all that vastness. We're all one species, on this Earth together, and it's extremely sad to me that so many don't look at it that way. We could be capable of such greatness, as a species, if we are ever able to collectively move past our own cultural and individual prejudices.
Good luck with your project; I'm already intrigued and quite interested, just from this one image. I love the way you've composed this particular illustration--the darker colors in the foreground and the faces of the Kahns surrounding Papy and Amtziri really give the piece a claustrophobic feeling. The point you're making really hits home. At the same time, your style and use of color are really pleasing to look at, even though the theme you're exploring is difficult. I feel so much sympathy for Papy and Amtziri, even though I'm only familiar with them from this illustration; their characters really come through!
You're absolutely right, by the way; designating certain topics as taboo really does a great deal of harm. It's always better to talk something out rather than refuse to discuss it. The only way out of the tangled mess we're in as a species is to talk through it and then get to work.
Anyway, you've definitely got a new fan here! I can't wait to see what you do next!
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