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Artists respond to the attack at Charlie Hebdo, French Satirical Magazine

Artists of all styles have been paying tribute to Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, after an attack by masked gunmen left 12 dead at the Paris office. 4 of the victims were revered cartoonists Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier (editor and publisher), Jean “Cabu” Cabut, Georges Wolinski, and Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac.

You can read more about Charlie Hebdo and the magazine here. Social media has also been very active not only posting quotes by “Charb”, but also cartoons and works of art created in response to the attack. Upper Playground published a post sharing cartoons as well as images of demonstrations in Paris. “Je Suis Charlie” (I Am Charlie) and Not Afraid can be be seen on signs and shirts. Booooooom also has a post with art created in response, and Slate has a short rundown explaining some of the magazine’s controversial covers.

As an intense lover of art, I am always aware of the idea of censorship, as are most artists, writers, directors, and so on. We don’t have to agree with everything, some things will always offend, and this idea (to me) is what creates discourse. It challenges our beliefs, strengthens our convictions, and allow us all to express the important concept of freedom of expression. It may seem contradictory to the art that I share and research, but there are works of art that offend me. However, that is ok. Art and ideals do not have to please everyone. As Evelyn Beatrice Hall wrote in The Friends of Voltaire, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.

I took a look at the various social media channels, and users tagging art, quotes, and images can be found via #CharlieHebdo and #Jesuischarlie. Here is a small selection.

Fernando Vicente – Link

Patrice Murciano – Link

Kim Jung Gi – Link

HuskMitNavn – Link

Ben Templesmith – Link
ben templesmith

Dave Crosland – Link

Bom.K DMV – Link

Gary Taxali – Link

DAN23 – Link

Leza One – Link

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