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Visting Venezuela in October 2008 has for Wilfried a particular relevance. 2008 had been really a horrible year so far, earlier in March his mother had a stroke and his partner died in an accident far away in USA, those two most important persons who accompanied Wilfried before, during and after his coma. Without their neverending love, Wilfried would never had decided to return to life, and now from one moment to another these reference persons do not exist any longer, he cannot believe it!. Wilfried has the worst crisis after the coma 10 year ago in 1998. Wenn Fernando Asian, the director of Carpe Diem, a cultural organisation located in Maracaibo/Venezuela – organising the annual festival – Sálon de Arte Digital, is inviting him to attend the 10 day lasting festival in 2nd biggest town of Venezuela, he sees the chance to escape the complete depression in Cologne, and while the departure for Venezuela is coming closer, he is thinking to escape completely and vanish in Venezuela in the rainforest or elsewhere, because Wilfried will never overcome the loss of his partner, any motivation is lost. Wilfried had already since 2005 contacts to Fernando, when he participated this year for the 1st time in the digital art festival, but in 2006, when Wilfried attended the digital art festival in Havanna – Sálon de Arte Digital, Wilfried met Fernando as a like-minded person – they liked each other spontaneously.
Today, 08 October 2008, is the final day of the festival in Maracaibo – some really impressive but also adventurous days have passed, one of the days during the local election campaingn, while Wilfried was sitting with Fernando and other local and international participants in the Museum of Contemporary Art the heads of the opposite political party were massacred ja´ust a few meters from the Museum on the university campus, and on another day the festival participants made an excursion to the rainforst in the region of Sinamaica. It would have been the chance to escape in the rainforest, but Wilfried thinking of that he probably would become the meal for wild animals or terrorists was frightened by this idea and was looking for other occasion to realize his escape.
It is dangerous for tourists, therefore the festival participants were as foreigners not allowed to leave the hotel without a security person, so during the 10 days of staying in Maracaibo in a 5 star luxury hotel they were living like in a ghetto, protected inside, but outside was war.
The time in this exotic Caribbean town was really exciting, also because Wilfried was presenting during the festival an exciting videoart program.
Tomorrow, all foreign participants will leave Maracaibo, for participaing in VIII World Meeting of Intellectuals & Artists in Caracas, standing under the Patronage of the President Hugo Chavez.
Again residing in a state owned luxury hotel, the hotel is hosting this gigantic meeting, as well. Again he and the other participants are prisoners, because they are not allowed to leave the hotel without a security. Because Wilfried would like to visit the historical center of Caracas, which as he saw on the map would nearby the hotel, during the time of waiting for the congress, he is thinking to make a short sight seeing tour on his own risk, but hardly making his first step outside of the hotel, he is followed by a hotel security like a shadow. He feels extraordinary uncomfortable, rather like a criminal, but actually he just wanted to walk just a few meters and get some impressions of Caracas. Wilfried is hurrying up, and then really far away from the hotel, the security person is giving up, and Wilfried feels free – but just for one moment, because now without supervision he feels as if thousand eyes would be watching him, all criminals of the world gathering in Caracas waiting for the moment to attack Wilfried, he feels like in a surrelist painting of Salvador Dali, but now he seems to be so close to the historical center, he would not give up. Then, when Wilfried is about the cross a big boulevard, he feels that someone is following him, and when he is reaching the opposite side of the huge street, he suddenly becomes aware that within seconds a huge machete appeasrs before his eyes, and in a reflective reaction he is grabbing the arm holding this big knive and is biting the person into the arm. Being shocked by Wilfried’s attack, the attacker lets go of him and now for the first time he sees this person running behind a motorbike which had been waiting for his accomplice. All this is happening within just a few seconds, so Wilfried – probably even more shocked than the criminal – is standing in the never ending traffic completely paralized while he is watching the criminals excaping. The 1st thought of Wilfried is, no, by no means he would escape in Venezuela, the most depressive life in Cologne would be better than being killed and thrown away as rubbish in Caracas. It takes another hour to return to the hotel, where the doctor cares about Wilfried injuries. So, Wilfried will return to Cologne some days later as if another life has given to him. One year later, when Fernando (Asian) is inviting Wilfried to presents the same comprehensive videoart program in October 2019, at different places in Maracaibo, among others, the magnificent Teatro Baralt, which he had been visting together with Fermando one year ago, Wilfried is reacting on a some mistakes in Fernando’s organisation as an exploding volcano – why? In April 2009 invited to make a presentation in Casablanca/Morocco, on the 1st day, 1 April, Wilfried was attacked again by two criminals, who wanted to pick his camera and bag and again he was nearly killed fighting this time with two 18 year old and physically very strong guys for more than half an hour for his life, but in the end more dead than alive he is giving up, and the guys escape.
However the traumatizations are so heavy – within one year the loss of his two most beloved relatives and two unusual brutal attacks – so, when Wilfried returns to Cologne – he is at the end of his physical and psychlogical powers. The 1st thing the psychologist he is consulting is doing to set Wilfried in an artificial coma for the next weeks, and when Wilfried hears about Fernando’s mistakes hardly reanimasted from the coma – he simply is exploding, although it actually hadn’t been such tragic (these mistakes). This article would like to honour Fernando Asian and the same time Wilfried would like to apologize again, because due to his own traumatizations he had been reacted in a really inappropriate way!
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