Yesterday was a dark day in our history.
The terrorist attacks in Brussels were frightening, and we’ve never felt this war getting as close as it has yesterday. All my thoughts go out to everyone who suffered from these barbaric acts.
I keep reading this in the media: ‘It wasn’t a matter of if, if was a matter of when‘. How scary is that?
Almost immediately, the world wide web was filled with outpourings of emotion and displays of solidarity. One of the most remarkable things was how united all the Belgian people grew throughout the day: “Tous ensemble, Bruxelles ma Belle”. Basically, we were saying this: Dear terrorists. We are strong, we are united, we love each other, you can’t break us and we WILL get through this. I’m thankful we responded in such a resilient way, and I hope we can keep reacting as we did in the future.
I’m sorry if the painting that comes along with this post makes you feel uncomfortable. Making people feel comfortable was never my intention when painting it. The idea came from having seen a documentary made by VICE, about small children in Syria being prepared for their holy war. I felt so struck and emotional by it that it had me thinking: do we really want our kids growing up in this world? How do we explain all the bad things that are happening? How do we convince them that life is something beautiful and that the world is a wonderful place? I don’t have an exact answer to this, but I think the first step is: by believing it ourselves. By using the same resilience and strength we portrayed yesterday. By keeping ourselves united and showing eath other love and respect.
Belgium, be safe and keep strong.