Linocuts of resistance fighters from the Haute Savoie - Why make them ?
To celebrate the courage, this knowing how to live in tune with one’s heart, with a vision of the self that includes all of us. This knowing is expressed by selflessness, sacrifice up to the point of losing one's life. They did it to save with all their strength the values in which they believed. It is rare, very rare, much rarer than courageous behaviour on the spur of the moment. I have the utmost respect for them who do so, over time and at multiple risks to their life.
Two of these resistance fighters, Father Louis Favre and Marianne Cohn - while incarcerated - went as far as refusing to be liberated by their networks. They declined in order to protect others from reprisals, while knowing that this choice would lead to their own deaths. The same goes for Captain Maurice Anjot, who taking over command on the Glières plateau after the assassination of Tom Morel, knew that his chances of survival were very small. He said so, bidding farewell by letter to his wife and son, before going to the plateau. And in addition there is Tom Morel, legendary leader known to all today, and Paul Lespine injured in his first battle, captured, tortured and killed at just 18 years old. And Angèle Nicollet, having worked alongside her husband Jules, she is the only survivor of the six, survivor of the Ravensbrück camp.. She lived to be 100 years.
That is why I have not only made portraits, but also provide a text with each engraving, to help you appreciate these people, what they did, and what it still means for us today.
So there are 6 portraits, 6 linocut-texts. I chose these individuals, but I could have chosen many others. My choices were determined by three elements:
1 availability of photographs that would allow me to make lifelike engravings;
2 the personal history of the resistance fighters and
3 my desire to transcend all categories that separate us from each other; to do this job by honouring all ages, men and women, military and civilians, christians and jews.
Please spend some time with these engravings, read these texts, and then talk about these lives and the choice of resistance they expressed.
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