The Madness of A Stranger Man
words by Javier Iglesias Algora
We are all strangers. Nobody really knows us. Nobody knows us as deeply as ourselves, if we even know ourselves at all. We live in a masked ball, where the outside knows one face and the inside knows another. Day by day we perform a different character in each scene of our life: at home, at work, on the street, with our friends, our family… And thus life becomes a tragicomedy theatre with a mixture of humor, drama, suspense, horror, fantasy…
Many people don’t realize the character they play throughout their lives. They just live, work and love. They perpetuate the species and give continuity to history. Supporting actors, extras, set. Only a few remove their mask to express their inner world and reveal who really breathes behind the character. Only a few are truly protagonists in history. Those few who dare to confess the unknown are often considered insane. Only time will turn them into visionary geniuses.
We are all strangers and many of our secrets will go to the grave with us. We all share a world of ideas and images but everyone sees reality from their own perspective. That point of view is inevitably unique. No one else has taken our steps, and lived our emotions as ourselves, as the protagonist of our own fiction. Our way, our whole life, is shaping that vision and coloring what is shown to us. We can accept the world as they say it is, or we can choose to believe what we experience by ourselves.
There are few who dare to capture their own colors and share their own visions above the socially established norm, above the little expected from a stranger man. Those who do are often hijacked by madness and loneliness. But when someone knows his mission there is no outside, madness or loneliness to stop him. Everything conspires in his favor and everything is necessary. His mission is bigger than him. The closer he gets, the further he separates from society. The deeper he delves, the crazier it seems to others. Loneliness against siren songs and destiny shining on the horizon. There is a point of no return, where creation is life and fiction is reality. This is the great magic act of the artist. The others are just spectators that can only appreciate and celebrate that crazy and generous sharing of that stranger man, who is now a visionary artist.
Edgar Flores Nández, Saner, stranger, friend, madman, artist… is one of those men. For years he’s believing in his own fiction, forging his own path and making a dream come true, where other minds would find it impossible. Therein lies the madness of a majority, in the faith that one professes to its mission. Despite being a large majority, the crazy stranger they call Saner continues his way against the tide, pursuing his dreams and sharing them on paper, canvas and wall.
Javier Iglesias Algora.
Artist and director of Belio Magazine.
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