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Experiencing Joyful Adventures Between Reality and Imagination with @elyxyak

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“I wanted to design a character of maximum expression with the minimum of lines,” says Yacine Ait Kaci (@elyxyak), a Paris-based director and media artist, describing how he came to create his stick figure Elyx. “He mainly lives in a little notebook, but he totally shares our reality.” Elyx is featured daily — sometimes several times a day — in Yacine’s Instagram posts. “He has the vision of a child, discovering everything as if it was the first time,” says Yacine. “And he is amazed by very simple daily things that we don’t see anymore.” Last year, Elyx truly went global: he became a virtual ambassador for the United Nations to help highlight international observances. “The United Nations just published the new edition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with Elyx,” says Yacine. “I am very proud of it.”

Human zoos were a big exhibit in the Paris Colonial Exposition of 1931, which was used to show off all of the things gained through France’s colonial expansion. “Hey, I know that a lot of you think that what we did was bad, because we tried to ‘civilize’ everyone and treated people pretty poorly in our march across Africa, but we got something really neat! Look at this painting! And this dress! Totally worth it! It’s all GOOD. Let’s clink glasses and pretend that we’re not terrible.”

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