Changing Perceptions Through Art and Archetypes.

Al-Mutawa, The 99 Presentation

archetype |ˈärk(i)ˌtīp| • a recurrent symbol or motif in literature, art, or mythology : mythological archetypes of good and evil. • Psychoanalysis (in Jungian psychology) a primitive mental image inherited from the earliest human ancestors, and supposed to be present in the collective unconscious.

I don’t often stray too far from my own works of art on this blog, but I thought this was not only important to share, but inspiring.  Please leave a comment about this entry and the video.  I’d like to read about your view point once in a while too.  Also, leave your opinions in the poles at the bottom of this page.

It takes some serious time to recover from hate infused speeches given by world and local leaders.  We’ve faced hatred focused on groups, I feel safe in assuming this, since the dawn of man.  It’s nothing new, yet we fall for it every time.

It takes absolutely driven, ambitious, and thoughtful people to reach through the hate and rage to pull us back from being lost in it all.  It takes a person with an open mind, a person who can really connect with others without using fear tactics.  We’ve met these people before.  William Wallace, Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela are just a few you know of.  I’m unaware of any person who thinks that what those people did was immoral or might not be considered as progress.  I’d like to introduce you to another of this type of person… a man attempting not only to protect his own children from hate directed at them due to their faith, but to protect all people from any direction of hatred.

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa created a comic series called The 99.  The link below will take you to AIGA’s website and a video in which Al-Mutawa describes his inspiration, process, and effects of his series, The 99.  Not only does the video introduce you to the art of The 99, but illustrates the business side of getting this major project completed.  It’s a long video, but worth the time to watch it all.

http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm/video-gain-2010-al-mutawa

The link below will take you to The 99’s website.

http://www.the99.org/

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