The second edition of Sketch Freedom, an international cartoon expo, will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden in early 2015. Organized by exiled Iranian cartoonist and activist Kianoush Ramezani, the expo is an official event of the Gothenburg Film Festival, and brings together the work of many great cartoonists from all corners of the globe.
The 'Sketch Freedom' movement started in 2013 in Normandy, the same place that thousands of humans sacrificed their lives to end the Second World War and give freedom to the people of Europe. It’s a world movement for exiled cartoonists that is proudly hosted by Le Mémorial de Caen. The movement, founded by Kianoush Ramezani, premiered last year in Gothenburg.
The second Sketch Freedom Expo, officially sponsored by Le Mémorial de Caen, will show artworks that manifest the value of freedom of expression, by the world's top cartoonists. Their cartoons are published in the major world journals like the New Yorker, the Washington Post, Courrier International, the Moscow Times, El Universal, Le Droit, etc.
Participating cartoonists are:
Adjim Danngar - Chad Angel Boligan - Mexico Ann Telnaes - USA Ayako Saito - Japan Cristina Sampaio - Portugal Damien Glez - Burkina Faso Elena Ospina - Colombia Eray Ozbek - Turkey Guy Badeaux - Canada Hassan Karimzadeh - Iran Jaume Capdevila - KAP - Spain Jim Morin - USA Kianoush Ramezani - Iran Liza Donnelly - USA Peter Broelman - Australia Phil Umbdenstock - France Riber Hansson - Sweden Tjeerd Royaards - Netherlands Victor Bogorad - Russia Vladimir Kazanevsky - Ukraine Zulkiflee Anwar Haque - Zunar - Malaysia
The UK indepence Party is gaining ground in Britain, and I just had to do a caricature of Nigel Farage (Google him, if you don't know who he is). Perhaps I wanted to do a cartoon on this because we have a similar populist politician in the Netherlands, with similar ideas...
In the US, the Ebola scare is opening up a debate if containing the virus (e.g. through forced quarantine) is more important than civil/human rights. Other countries will see similar debates as long the virus continues to spread.
A while back I did an interview for the ARTE project No Laughing Matter, a webdoc featuring interview with cartoonists from all over the world. In my interview, I talk about the challenges of making cartoons about Europe.
News caught up with this cartoon, which was based on a Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart facing 9 years in prison for doing a cartoon of Erdogan. He was acquitted earlier today. Still, I think the cartoon is relevant for the current state of Turkey. Also, it's nearly Halloween. And perhaps most important, it was a fun cartoon to draw.