The above graphic, depicting you with many languages above your head and, sadly, you behind bars, is a gift from your friend Ahmad, who is now living in Paris.
Very soon after this image was shared online, your friend Jenny remixed it into posters and stickers that she then placed around Hong Kong and brought into her daily life (and of course documented/shared with #freebassel hashtag on Instagram, sending the images straight to the freebassel.org homepage.)
Never skipping a beat, Jenny has been doing this with every #Freebassel graphic that surfaces online. It’s an incredible ongoing action - and I’m curious what you think about it?
I was also curious about how Ahmad felt, seeing his work blossom into something slightly different on the other side of the globe. Here’s his reply:
“It is a nice gesture to see my work in the streets of Hong Kong and I thank Jenny for this. Looking at it as the artist who made the original work, I would have done the finishing differently myself. :) But the beautiful thing is that it made me think: Why not re-produce this work with different colors?”
In thinking about this, I’m tempted to say something like “even from behind bars, you are fostering creativity, global collaboration, and open discourse in unique ways - you are indeed an amazing figure!” but saying that would be treating you like a symbol, which is best avoided (for reasons that should be obvious).
Instead just take this as evidence that we are thinking about you, and working to make you more visible to the outside world. And the process is also helping us in beautiful and creative ways - which seems to be part of your magic. So why not believe that with enough volume, organization, and love, we can harness this magic so that you may be physically present, and free, in the outside world again, soon?
I know that I believe it.