''Today, my fight is moving more towards a psychological and political struggle. I use my works to convey a very complicated message, but necessary for me in view of the situation of our planet and that of Homo sapiens. We are unconscious. Unconscious of ourselves, of our psyche, of our analytic phenomenology. For me, modern man is a decadent zombie. We must wake up our individual consciences to know each other better and acquire more compassion and ethics necessary to better live together.
This individual consciousness must lead to a collective consciousness, necessary to address the future of our system. We must rethink the world as a whole, in its organization, take charge and become ethical and responsible for our evolution as a species. For that, I adhere to the convivialist movement and I hope to bring my strength to it. I am also co-president of Globaction, a movement for an exit from our unconsciousness. Here are the consequencesof my inspirations, to become a real activist with my art and send a message.''
FRANCO-CAMBODIAN ARTIST AND ACTIVIST, ADANA MAM LEGROS IS THE DAUGHTER OF SOMALY MAM, AN INTERNATIONAL ICON OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS and controversial personality fighting sexual slavery of children in Southeast Asia, and Pierre Legros, trained parasitologist and specialist in human trafficking.
Adana spent her childhood in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, with women and children survivors of sexual exploitation. Revolted by social injustices and their worldwide evolution, she starts law and political science studies in Nice.
This momentum, however, is abruptly interrupted by the discovery of cancer in 2017, which imposes severe physical and psychological suffering.
After her treatment, she escapes to New York where her artistic passion truly begins. Adana works a year before inaugurating her first exhibition, My RenaiSense, in June 2018 in Manhattan.
''My father loved the paintings of Miró and Picasso. These geometric shapes, vivid colors, abstract styles were everywhere in the house. In college, during my art classes, the works of René Magritte and Salvador Dali influenced me a lot. I recognized myself in their works, in their dark side, without dimensions of space or time.
The activism of my parents also contributed to my artistic construction. I grew up surrounded by women and children survivors of sexual exploitation, I had to find a way out of this cruel and violent world. All my works contain a woman’s body that we see tortured, disabled, abused, but I show both their vulnerability and their strength.''