Charlie: From Germanic “Karlaz” meaning free man.
It somehow seems impossible to write about Charlie – and not to. There are no words, yet you have to speak. That is why artistic director and music journalist Joachim Roncin came up with the “Je suis Charlie” image that in no time became a world wide symbol of solidarity, unity, sympathy and grief. And that’s why some of the most powerful reactions to what happened in Paris one week ago tomorrow are those of none or few words. Silence. Photos. Drawings.
So we will let images do the talking.
All photos from the solidarity march in Luxembourg 11.01.2015. ©2015 Lisbeth Ganer
Many of the drawings feature famous Charlies. These are quotes from Charlies we all know.
“Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves.” – Charles M. Schulz / Snoopy
“Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.” – Charlie Sheen
“- Good morning angels! – Good morning, Charlie!” – From Charlie’s Angels
“To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.” – Charlie Chaplin
“There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.” – Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
“Why me, Lord? Don’t answer that!” – Charles M. Schulz
“Life is a play that does not allow testing. So, sing, cry, dance, laugh and live intensely, before the curtain closes and the piece ends with no applause.” – Charlie Chaplin
“If you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn.” – Charlie Parker
“Out of chaos, stars are born.” – Charlie Chaplin
“May I ask a question, Lucy?”
“Go right ahead!”
“Just why do you want to draw this line all the way around the world?”
“Well, you know the old saying, Charlie Brown… You have to draw the line someplace!”
― Charles M. Schulz
“When they smashed my heart into smithereens,
Be a bright red rose come bursting the concrete.
Be a cartoon heart,
Light a fire, a fire, a spark”
– From Charlie Brown by Coldplay
Because often when we have no words, we turn to music.
Charlie means free man. Let us all – free men and women – continue to draw the line all the way around the world. And let us raise our glasses tomorrow at 20.00 in a global commemorative, anti-terrorist toast. Cheers!
Text by Unni Holtedahl and photos by Lisbeth Ganer, January 2015.