Je Suis Charlie
by Lizzie Gill
Digital Mixed Media
“This work aims to explore how people’s physical presence and digital voice can come together in response to adversity. It investigates how, simultaneously, these two worlds can aid and inform one another during times of trauma and upheaval. This work evokes the significance of how and where people in Paris stood up to show the world that, ‘we are not afraid’.”
Lizzie is a mixed media artist whose work explores themes of retro Americana in a contemporary context.
#JeSuisCharlie was another moment when the borderless communication channels of social media allowed an international community of people to rally around a single common sentiment.
On a local level, #PorteOuverte (literally translating as “open door”) was shared on social to connect those in danger on the streets with Parisians who had space for those seeking refuge. Social empowered the community to support those in need, quickly and effectively.
What else happened in 2015?
Words become redundant
Emojis become the fastest-growing visual language in the world.
‘Netflix and chill’ is coined
The euphemistic phrase “Netflix and Chill” enters our vernacular.
A dress divides the world
A worldwide argument ensues, as people take to social channels to debate blue and black or white and gold.
The unifying hashtag trends worldwide after the legalisation of same-sex marriage.