By Azad Karimi
Honestly? My art is my only source of survival in humanity... love also, but love is a rare material, which can quickly disappear, not my art, so yes I am thankful.
French Poet & Painter Grégory Huck
By Azad Karimi
The language of poetry is the language of love and war and peace. It is the essence of understanding life.
Poetry is not understood by tyrants and dictators because their understanding is familiar with an unfamiliar and incomprehensible language that comes from the darkness of the hellish world and the understanding of this hellish language is from a sick and complex logic due to not understanding the existential logic of the creation of man and the world.
In backward and low-culture societies, poetry and the poetic culture are considered to belong to those who are unaware of the real world around them, and they say poets have created an incomprehensible and dreamy world in fantasy and fantasy to forget the failures of their real life.
I say about the poet, not the poem-writer! Because the poet is an elite man but the poet-writer is an ordinary human being and trades in words.
I praise the real poets who have never been afraid of dictators and oppressors and the populist waves of their society's culture.
I praise Ahmad Khani, the father of Kurdish literature, who drew his sword on the dominance of the Persian language in the Middle East. He, 400 years ago, registered generosity, courage, dignity, honor, anger, hatred, conspiracy, love, betrayal, revenge, forgiveness, epic, tragedy, and the history of the Kurdish nation in the archive of the destiny of humanity.
I praise Homer for composing the world's oldest epic poems and paving the way for other poets in the world to write poetry, record their name and their nation in history, and serve human culture.
I praise the free poets who preferred to remain silent and not write poetry for Hitler, Stalin, Franco, Ataturk, Khomeini, Abdul Nasser, and Ali Khamenei.
They preferred to be silent but not to publish useless, deceptive, and false words in the name of poetry. Because they believed in the glory of writing, pen, and poetry.
Seventeen years ago, I was given an old notebook containing a large number of poems by people who lived in my hometown and died many years ago. But the owner of that notebook had recorded the poems of these unknown people in his precious notebook.
He wrote about one of the poets: He had a young son who suddenly became ill and died. The poet is saddened by the death of his son, and he and his wife die of grief within a year.
A poem by this poet was written in this book, which described the land of Kurdistan and the unity of the Kurdish nation, and the independence and progress of the people of Kurdistan.
Tears welled up in my eyes as I read this poem.
Freedom, and pride are the aspirations of every distinguished poet who loves the independence of his nation, history, culture, and mother tongue and sacrifices to preserve them.
The name of this poet is Khalipha Rashid Khalwati. He died in 1950 years. Those few verses of his poetry are more valuable than all the books, articles, and poems of unscrupulous and lying poets who served the security and cultural apparatus of foreigners in Iran, Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. They despised Kurdish literature and praised in an exaggerated way Persian, Turkish and Arabic literature.
Anyway, this interview belongs to my dear friend Grégory, a French poet. When you talk to him, you notice his pure and heavenly spirit.
You have to be his friend to be aware of the breadth of his human thought. Please read our interview to understand why I talk about him like this.
I will not say anything about the artistic aspect of his work because I think you can get acquainted with his artistic way of thinking from the text of his answers.
I wish happiness and success to my dear friend Grégory Huck.
1- Please present yourself (Name, education, Civil status, and...)
.My name is Grégory Huck, I was born in 1977 in eastern France on the German border. I am a writer, painter, performing artist, I work for several cultural organizations.
2- What is your artistic specialize?
.Words and colors.
3- When and how did you become interested in these fields of art and literature?
.I understood very early that Art is the best answer to violence and boredom, drawing and writing have been my refuge since childhood
4- Who was your motivator?
.Not really who but why in my case. When I was younger I wanted to make the world a better place with my art, now I just hope that my art makes me a better human being.
5- What was your parent’s reaction?
.For my parents I am their son not an artist, they prefer to ignore this subject and I do not blame them.Art is a precarious environment and sometimes the artist puts his mental health at stake, the artist walks in the unknown, he is alone...
6-Please tell us:
- When did you start as a professional painter?
.I sold my first painting in a gallery, in May 2004.
- When did you start as a professional poet?
. I think it all started after poetry reading with my musicians in November 2011, after that we toured, recorded the first album and I published my first book in 2012.
7-Tell us Please: Do you see a special connection between poetry and culture, between literature and culture?
.Poetry, painting, music, all the arts are the children of our mother culture.
8- Are you thankful and happy because of your activities as a painter and poet?
.Honestly? My art is my only source of survival in humanity... love also, but love is a rare material, which can quickly disappear, not my art, so yes I am thankful.
9- Why do some poems and poets become immortal?
. Because they touched eternity and the universal mind and it killed them…
personally, I'm still alive, however, I feel like I died with the death of my first love.
10- can you explain painting logically?
.That would amount to explaining beauty, then my answer would only fit in a book.
11- I would like to ask you about painting in our life. Can you tell us about that?
.It's a big question. When I was younger I had fleeting visions that I tended to paint on large canvases, today visions are rarer and over time I focused on faces, I must have painted and drawn more than 1000 faces, the human face fascinates me, everything is inscribed in it, sadness and joy, traumas and the path of childhood.
12- How do you see the view for art, painting, literature and poetry for the future of culture?
. Artists of the next generations have two challenges, the first is to fight against entertainment, how to exist as an artist in the Netflix world? The second is to resist ideologies that exploit our thoughts and prevent us from thinking by ourselves. I am a man of the past, I create for people who feel like strangers in this world.
13-Please tell us about the experience of work in Radio .....
.The radio is a pure moment of freedom for me, I am lucky that the station managers gave me all their confidence. What I try to do on the radio is to popularize poetry to the younger generations, to make them understand that poetry is not the business of an elite, that poetry is the mother of all the arts, that poetry is this place of the impalpable, metaphysics is the only way for the spirit not to collapse under the weight of the material world.
14-Why do some paintings become immortal?
.The more the painter is sincere in his artistic approach, the more his painting will be the reflection of his soul, the same reflection in which the spectator can recognize himself... in this case a painting can become immortal.
15-You have a university degree in psychology. How much can this affect your work, literature, and art?
.I only studied psychology for one year at university, then I had to make a choice, because the same year a publisher offered me to create a collection of my poetry in his publishing house. I chose the publishing house. That said, my readings are divided into three sections, poetry, fiction, and psychology. Why psychology? I needed to understand many states of mind that I went through or loved ones went through. Frequently friends or friends of friends contact me and ask me if I can help them, they talk to me, I listen to them, I give them ideas to help them. This listening brings me a lot, it enriches me, it makes me humble, and I believe that I write more accurately by listening to the world. My writing or my painting are not really turned towards me but turned towards the world.
16- Can you become one part of the artistic-cultural movement for motivation in youth or new generation in your country and so than?
.I believe that the most honest approach for an artist is to follow his path, to create his world in the world, to bring his stone to the temple of culture, the younger generations will then have the choice to destroy this temple for build a new one or to enter in this temple to build a new tower there.
17- How can you help our world become a better place to live?
There are two ways to change the world.
. The first is radical, you have to sacrifice your life, my turn is over, I have three children and a lot of friends who need me alive. But, to be frank, I still put my life on the line, but I hide it.
The second path is the slow path, the path of wisdom that says if you and I try every day to become better human beings, then that will change the world. Let’s see.
18- Have you more word to say or suggestion for our readers?
. I am a happy man in the worst of worlds. And here is my secret, every day, make someone happy (it doesn't matter who, a stranger, a friend), every day, give yourself a little treat even if it's just drinking coffee in the sun, every day create something, whether it's a drawing or a birdhouse, and when the evening comes, be ready to die smiling. This day is an allegory of life.
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