If an artist produces his art in favor of any government policy, either his or others, he could be considered a puppet of that government, however, any decision any government makes on policy, is the responsibility of any artist to paint, sculpt etc. to show the effect of that policy on people.
It was late April of 2003 and I had just returned
from Portugal, Spain and Morocco. The war in Iraq was in the
midst of heated combat. The news in Europe, which I saw on the
Al-Jazeera TV and in the newspapers, was heart breaking. The
pictures of civilians and children being bombed, was devastating.
It was much different than the news in the USA. On that night,
at about 1:30 am, I woke up from nightmare thoughts of these
events. What was going on? I put on the TV and I was watching
a program entitled “ Road to Baghdad”. I will never
forget what I saw that night. How the US soldiers were screaming
loudly, kicking the door of a poor residential house and entering
a man’s residence. The head of the household, obviously
an Arab, who couldn’t speak any English, appeared from
his poor quarters, fearing for his family’s life, trying
to tell the soldiers, pointing to his mouth, that they are eating,
but in reality, they were covering their heads with scarves
in order to come out (some Moslem religious women cover there
hair in front of strange men). Cultural crash! The US soldiers
didn’t speak Arabic, nor were they familiar with the Arab
culture, and the Arab family didn’t speak any English.
Seeing these terrifying looking aliens, heavily armed strangers,
invading their house and shouting, “ Come on out, hands
reza karimi June 2004