Samphire Arts

Caged Birds | Birds without Wings

Posted on: June 22, 2011

This print was cut after I had a few thoughts about how I perceive my imagination and sometimes my defiance. How people all over the world face various atrocities in their respective country’s, homes and often by their own people etc. It made me think about how amazing the human mind, psychology or heart is. I started thinking about how we have imprisoned people who have stood up for their rights and the rights of others, how people just go missing or get in to trouble for speaking their mind and writing what they believe in (the likes of Ai Weiwei, Hu Jia, Nien Cheng, Aung San Suu Kyi, Parvin Ardalan among so many more!).

But what I find amazing is that you can imprison a person, torture them and hurt them in many ways than one but you cannot exactly hold their minds captive or at least, not for long. In fact, I believe you cannot (fully) restrict their mind and will (unless they let you?). I truly believe our abilities in terms of our imagination, our mind can wander and still be free even when you keep our bodies captive.

We may be restricted by our social, religious or political constraints, but we are and never will be truly imprisoned. And as long as people believe and exercise their right to imagine, create and build, keep alive memories and works of those who struggled and lost their lives and those who are still under some sort of oppression, they will continue to live on in our hearts and mind. No wonder we are declared dead only after the brain gives in…

So, you can lock us up wherever you may seem fit but only we can truly imprison ourselves…

Thank you for looking!

xx

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