“Fa is shedding, and the Spaniards will also come, who have photos and videos.” Or something like van dir-lee. At the beginning of the Norant year, some elders from Equatorial Guinea pay attention to the curiosity of the traveler Pere Ortin. Li prenien el pel? Back in Madrid, the Valencian journalist is about to certify at the National Film Library an indisputable fete, part of which is the comic “Ten Thousand Elephants” (“Tank Books”), which he has just published with the Guinean cartoonist. Nze Esono Ebale: Between 1944 and 1946, the head of the General Directorate of Morocco and the Colonies sent to Guinea the young members of a small producer named Hermik Flims. Jose Diaz de Villegasto document both propaganda efforts in the Spanish colonial universe of Black Africa. For example, havien fet is British, German or French.
D’this expedition, paid for with thirty films and 5500 negatives that aviat van caure a l’oblit, Ortin managed to contact a filmmaker from Madrid who is about to encapsulate. Leave at 94 in a town in Almeria, Manuel Hernandez-Sanjuan It would be in keeping with the fraternal professional relationship that the two of them would forge with an old stuffed suitcase full of the negatives of this adventure: “I felt that this suitcase, this comic book, was not going to happen,” Ortin said.
Fiction or reality?
What else is there to certify ten thousand elephants? History of teishaks Ngono Mbathe bearer of that expedition, thanks to which he came to know the local spiritual world, the imposition of faith and abuse, the endless longing of the settlers. I’m almost impossible for a herd of 10,000 elephants in a remote place. The comic is also a story about stubbornness, the shadows of design, and the limits of obsession. But, above all, it is a reflection on the fragility of truths. About false lies and the power of imagination. “Our life is like a huge web in which each thread is connected to all the others to infinity,” Mba said. Memory, fatwas, impressions, beliefs, culture, creativity.
“The only thing that concerns us from the present to the present time with the solution of the complex problem of memory is to analyze it delicately”
In Ten Thousand Elephants, an iceberg is captured: undeniable feta rise to the surface, rot and drift. On top of that, what Pere Ortin calls “unlearned memory” remains, teran’ina in all confon: “I don’t think it’s still possible to access what will happen, the only thing that is reproduced from the present. to time “To solve the complex problem of memory is to analyze it in a delicate way. If we think critically about what we can do, in a calculation to talk about all this memory with a conceptual, ideological and mental prisoner, talk to the com inventem from its other possible futures. The excellent approach was to approach the debate in a solid, honest and rigorous manner, but also to play with the appearance of reality in search of beauty. Factual facts are completely insufficient to explain the complex, paradoxical and contradictory reality of man..
On the pages of the book, the graphic interpretation of that expedition by Manuel Hernandez-Sanjuan alternates with a set of maps (reality? fiction? neither one nor the other?), collages, photographs and maps that make up a layer of simulated reading that invites us to ask pels morts the corners of the whole stories. To finish us on this land and swamps with the agency of Mba’s deep gaze, as well as the poetic pattern and abundance of blues, greens and fuchsias that Esono Ebale uses. Tot plegat creates a sense of aloofness and distance that now allows the reader to approach the story from a different angle: if you ask them, it’s a free door.
The interior of the Ten Thousand Elephants comic about Equatorial Guinea. Submitted by publisher
It won’t be a business in Guinea after the publication of Obi’s Nightmare, a comic book about the awakening of the dictator Obiang, turned into an ordinary city.
Esono interprets the manual of the BIC pens, the materials with which I drew what was scarce and the only ones who, of course, will be able to enter the terrible Guinean Prisoner of the Black Beach, when in September 2017 there will be a company after the publication of Obie’s Nightmare, a comic book with the eternal dictator Teodoro Obiangom awoke and became an ordinary city, softening the daily inequalities it had created.
“I used to draw with pens with my child to honor the friends who could see the history of Hermic Films, and also to remember all the artists who are going to help me get out of prison. people who hi vaig conèixer em van donar tal force que quan vaig sortir-hi em vaig dir: “Passi el que passi, faré una bogeria”. Bogeria will begin to take shape in 2018. Faces sense ulls, futur compartit.
Cover of the comic “Ten Thousand Elephants”. — Submitted by publisher
Ten Thousand Elephants has clear resonances with Conrad’s El Cor de les Tenebres and a frontal critique of the colonial outlook that Ortin says is present in approaching the African continent. “It was very important for me to understand, not so much to pose – for me Davant d’Hernandez-Sanjuan and say:” You were a racist “: it was obvious. This experience will change the vision of the expedition in which he was “Africa, which does not mean that it is racist and supremacist. What’s amazing is that there’s an important part of reporting, academia and cinema that fits the continent according to the material that’s installed or seen.”
“This experience will change the expedition’s view of what Africa is, which does not mean that there were racists and supremacists there.”
It does not attract Guineans with a certain face. In the blink of an eye, the collected holograms feel ull or upheavals of negatius extraviats. “It’s very easy to draw a colon with his pith helmet, Hernandez-Sanjuan just had to be recognizable. But the rest could be from any of them, which would represent a lot of people who could be our connections and birds, he would not attach importance to anyone else, because this is the history of the whole world. The two countries better explain what to look for a hero or an anti-hero, the drawing will help everyone to be able to identify.
Esono, who currently lives in El Salvador, says the comic will also help the molting Caesars get their colonial passport and give their country’s cartoonists a guide to the future. “The guinea I know will end when Obiang dies the young men will be alsarans i tant de bo, this novel la grafica helped connect the new country with Spain from a cultural point of view.”
Ten thousand elephants do not threaten this will of the mateixa. “The epistemological foundations on which we understand Africa are flawed from the start, and I don’t recognize them,” Orti said. “The tree rots and plants a new key if we build healthy relationships, equal to the same, with our German Africans. To find traces of the distant, in which it is close, and to plant a renewed vision of reality.”
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