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WHAT FRANCE WILL SEE FOR SANA’A 2004

By Sumaya Ali Raja' PARIS - Here in Paris, we heard of the Democracy Conference during which the opposition was invited but not heard. We saw the usual faces on the podium but nothing was written until the Herald Tribune quoted Al-Safir of Lebanon, which relayed Ali Abdullah Saleh’s famous quote: “We should shave our heads before someone else shaves them for us.” I called Yemen and asked why the foreign press was not invited; the answer I received, was: “They chose not to come.” Now I understand that the Dialogue of Cultures Conference has come and gone, and I wonder what the press will say. While at UNESCO I heard that the Number One there had suggested, “Instead of jumping at these Western slogans, why don’t we create our own slogans and begin the dialogue between families, tribes and communities before we extend it to other cultures?” This is a very wise suggestion, considering that we have the hardest time convincing members of our own family, tribe and culture of our motives, sincerity, honesty and good intentions. Here in Paris, the Yemen Embassy is kicking off the cultural capital festivities with another photographic exhibition by Pascal Marechaux. PM is a French photographer who became famous by photographing Yemen 20 years ago. While he and his wife took beautiful intimate pictures of Yemen, none of his subjects were told: they were only for books or other publications. In fact, PM has been exhibited almost every year at the Yemen Embassy for the last ten years. One would think it was his private studio. When this reporter asked why we don't exhibit Fuad Al-Futaih, Nizar Mizhar, Aidarous Al-Jifri, or Suad Raja among many other Yemeni artists, the answer was: “They are not in Paris.” This implies that the Yemen Embassy’s Cultural Centre in Paris exists solely for the benefit of French and Western artists who reside in Paris. When we exhibit a Yemeni artist in France, Yemeni culture is exposed; when a Yemeni artist sells his or her art, he or she is appreciated by the Western public and French Euros find their way back to the Yemeni economy. When we exhibit a French artist we, are confirming their view of us over and over and depriving our own artists of their only value and venue. The French have cultural centers worldwide and institutions as well as a flux of galleries all over this beautiful city which are devoted to French art first and foremost. Will the Yemen Embassy in Paris remain captive to this myopic policy, or does it despise its own artists, or does it simply feel threatened by the presence of native talent? We demand the Embassy in Paris help its artists, musicians, and writers to come from Sana’a, the Capital of Arab Culture 2004, to Paris, the permanent capital of culture in the world.





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