Interview With Paulette FG

Paulette is an artist, graphic designer, drawer and illustrator. Her art has become especially political since the 18th of April 2018, when the protests in Nicaragua began. Her talent has been presented by the Interamerican Bank of Development within the artistic installation that is inspired on topics of development such as diversity, inclusion, innovation, economic growth, globalization, gender equality, environmental sustainability and justice.

What were the motives that drove you to stand up against Daniel Ortega’s unconstitutional government?

The completely shameless oppression that Nicaragua is going through right now is a big reason why I decided to focus my attention on this topic. The student’s pacific protest started on April 18th (over a month ago) and the government didn’t take long to respond in the most violent and manipulative way possible. I think my exact trigger was the day right after, when the oppression took the first life (Darwin Urbina, 29. Death by a shot in the neck at UPOLI). In that moment, in my opinion, this stopped being a fight about political ideologies and became a fight about human rights, principles, values, ethics and morals.

April Mothers. Design by Paulette FG
The resistance against Ortega and his allies is happening in many ways: on the streets, screens, minds. With your illustrations you’re supporting in a very important way the protests against the current regime in Nicaragua. Could you tell us more about your protest?

The purpose of my creative protest is to demonstrate in favor of my country, our people and to position the situation that the students, mothers, pensioners and every Nicaraguan citizen are suffering in such a way, so that it doesn’t stay unseen and isolated. I feel like it’s my duty and responsibility to use this platform — in which I can unravel myself — for a social good. It is also my way to be present in this fight along with the rest of artists and citizens that demand the president for justice and democracy. I’m not sure how much of a difference I’m doing and I don’t pretend to be resolving our problems with my illustrations, but I like to think that by doing my part I’m helping the cause in a positive way.

I’ve seen your recent post calling the Nicaraguan artist community to keep creating and I completely agree that we the Nicaraguan people need to be more active and keep providing others with material and inspiration. You also told us that your artistic content will be exclusively focused on the topic SOSNicaragua, which is quite admirable. When was the day that you made the decision to create works solely about SOSNicaragua?

Truth be told it was never a decision that I consciously made. All of a sudden I checked my Instagram profile and noticed that I haven’t done anything other than working in relation to this topic because all of my attention has focused on this topic and will continue to focus on this as long as the situation stays like this or worsens. Bad news keep popping up and the number of deaths has risen, feelings are on edge and ideas and creativity are flowing quicker. I would love for the execution to flow as quickly as the ideas, but that’s part of this long process.

Nicaragua Resists. Design by Paulette FG

I want to clarify that it is not my intention to imply that other artists or that society in general should also do the same, this is just a very personal compromise that I feel I should undertake for Nicaragua.

Would you like to share the vision that drives you to create new content?

The vision that drives me is that of a peaceful, democratic and fair Nicaragua, the one that we all want and hope for. Every lost life, every unjustifiable act of violence, every one of the atrocities and violations of human rights and the rights to live and express ourselves freely are part of my fuel to keep creating aware and conscious content about what we’re going through. However, it’s not only about the dark side but it is also very important to highlight the acts of solidarity, union and patriotism that we have shown as Nicaraguan people. This part is the one that I always keep present with me and it’s my main source of inspiration and hope.