Happy Never After
On February 2014, I received a promising email from a renowned art gallery in London informing me that they are interested in displaying my "War Drags You Out" series. As ecstatic as I was, I had to swallow my smile and get ready for the marathon commonly known as "The Visa Application".
2 weeks + 550$ spent to gather and translate over 25 legal documents,
1 full day dedicated to answering questions such as "are you a terrorist",
3 hours of waiting to get interviewed,
15 working days to get a response.
Finally, I received the long awaited A4 paper with the words "Sorry, given the current situation of your country, we can not grant you access to the UK".
Thus, I decided to create a graphic commentary entitled "Happy Never After" illustrating the current situation in the Middle East and its consequences on everyone residing in this area.
Armed civilians protested in Agrabah square by burning tires as a response to the regional government corruption. 130 people were killed and 340 were hurt during the protest.
The protests evolved into an armed rebellion, with clashes taking place in many towns and cities across Agrabah. Protestors claimed that the Sultan and his family are worth 100,000KG of pure gold, while the children of Agrabah search dumpsters for crumbs.
The citizens of Agrabah were pressuring the Sutlan to renounce his thrown, but he did not respond to their request. CNN reported that the Sultan will not allow anyone to take Agrabah away from him.
Furious by the Sultan's persistence, armed civilians broke into the palace and kidnapped Prince Aladdin (Agrabah's future Sultan).
The United Nations Security Council passed an initial resolution, freezing the assets of the Sultan and his inner circle, restricting their travel, and referred the matter to the International Criminal Court for investigation.
128 days later, the Sultan is still holding on to the throne, the children of Agrabah are still starving, the UN still didn't come up with a proper solution, Aladdin is still held hostage and they all lived happily never after.