“The mind, with it’s own eyes and ears, 
May for these others have no care; 
No matter where this body is, 
The mind is free to go elsewhere”.  – The Mind’s Liberty by William Henry Davies

Bevrijdingsdag

“I am free!” You say.
But how sweet is your freedom if others are not free? 
With liberty, 
with freedom, comes responsibility. 
And one of those responsibilities is to not condone the lack of freedom of another.
Speak up against injustice.
Start with what you have. Your so called freedom, your voice.
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Liberation Day Netherlands or Bevrijdingsdag (as we call it) is celebrated each year on May the 5th to mark the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II. In 1990 the day was declared a national holiday when liberation would be remembered and celebrated every year. Souce: wikepedia

The art work above were displayed at the Bevrijdingsfestival (freedom festival in Westerpark Amsterdam). They remind us to never take whatever freedom we have for granted. With freedom comes responsibly. We fight to hold on to it, battling everything we perceive as a threat to our ‘freedom’. Sometimes, standing still for just a moment to enjoy it. But while we bask in our so called freedom, we mustn’t forget that  there are others that aren’t free.

 

 

“..we’ve replaced your freedom with the illusion of freedom.”
by JenniPenni 

 

“We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are and will ever be.
Yet it is only love which sets us free.” ~ Maya Angelou

 

“There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination…” ~ Anais Nin

 

free…

“One mustn’t seek one’s freedom in another. YOU are your freedom.”

“Knowledge is freedom and ignorance is slavery”
~  Miles Davis, Miles

Paris in the 1920s with Kiki De Montparnasse by Xavier Girard

Paris in the 1920s with Kiki De Montparnasse

by Xavier Girard

From humble origins, Kiki de Montparnasse became the muse of the most important artists of the Roaring Twenties. Many revolutionary artists of the early twentieth century flourished on Paris’s Left Bank, and Kiki, the Queen of Montparnasse, was the thread connecting them. Every image tells a fascinating story in this lavishly illustrated volume. Xavier Girard, former curator of the Matisse Museum, reveals the artistic, social, and historical events that created and surrounded the incredible artistic flowering of the mythical Montparnasse neighborhood after World War I.

Paris in the 1920s with Kiki De Montparnasse

 

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To this day, Kiki and the great artists she worked with and lived beside remain symbols of the social freedom and artistic flowering that defined the atmosphere of bohemian Paris in the early part of the twentieth century. (read more)

 

See also: Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell 

 Mademoiselle Kiki