The beauty of resilience
Adana MAM Legros
Watercolor on paper
55 x 57cm
“Life is passionate and difficult. It is necessary to remove misfortune from the human condition.
Movies are the testimonies of human adventures, sometimes stirring paths and paths of children who have managed to overcome their misfortunes. For the observer this is a way of understanding. But for the injured, the traumatized person, it is a way of asking the artist to be their spokesperson. (…).
After trauma or war, denial is way of protection because it helps to avoid facing the problem. This "protection" denial prevents any form of resilience since it avoids to confront the problem.
On the other hand, if we give voice to poets, singers, writers, filmmakers, artists; the emotion is controlled, because it is transposed to the actor. The actor becomes the spokesperson for the trauma. It is he who will say, interpret, relegate the message that is denied, the message which I cannot express for lack of strength. There is a diversion, a distancing, a remoteness of emotion.
Mastering emotion, the representation of misfortune is bearable by transposing it in a movie, a novel, an artistic work. It is only then that we can seek to understanding without anxiety, without embarrassment and apprehension of calamity (...).
Art plays a very important role in the process of resilience. (…) We need to lack to become creative, lacking is what invites creativity. We human beings live in a world of meaning. We need dreams, memories to give direction, to give meaning to our lives. If this direction has been painful without any means to overcome it, resilience will not happen. The result will be suffering without much possibility to modifying the course of life.
However, if one has been raised in a strengthening, reassuring and loving environment, one acquires at the same time an ability to overcome the difficult stages of life and trauma. This psychic acquisition where one has learned to be stronger than suffering, to overcome it, to live with it, only then will one suffer less. This alleviation causes our pain to be transformed into an artwork. Work of art that artists emulate to transcribe.
An abnormally large number of children deprived of affection take refuge in the cinematographic art making very beautiful, moving films. Hurt, they found a way to transform their wounds into an artistic production, admitting that most of their works of art are autobiographical confessions. "
Neuro-psychiatrist, ethologist, writer