and the Rest of the World
While the Syrian Regime and its Russian allies continue to bomb civilians in the North of Syria, the world has witnessed quite a dramatic year in 2020, from the devastating explosion in Beirut to populist politics in the USA, the murder of George Floyd and the recent terrorist attacks in France. Syrian cartoonists, in Syria and in exile, have been responding, documenting and commenting on these global events, keeping Syria at the heart of their work, especially as the Syrian issue falls by the wayside in mainstream media.
Alone but together, Syrian cartoonists continue to play their role as global citizens, standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement for example, and reflecting on the most wide reaching event of the year worldwide: Coronavirus!
This new virtual exhibition features more than a hundred new cartoons by 33 Syrian artists in collaboration with Cartooning Syria, a project that started in 2017 in Amsterdam and has held several exhibitions across the Netherlands, Norway and Germany. This is Cartooning Syria’s first virtual exhibition.
The revised and expanded edition of the book Cartooning Syria features 156 cartoons by 39 Syrian cartoonists, together with cartoons from Dutch, Flemish, Norwegian and German colleagues. You will also find articles about Syrian cartoonists and cartoons and the meaning of cartoons in general. The book is dedicated to Palestian-Syrian cartoonist Akram Raslan (1974-2013) who was imprisoned and killed in Syrian prisons and to cartoonist-activist Raed Fares (1972-2018) who was killed in the streets of Kafranbel, Syria. If you want to get a copy of the book, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Syrian people have arguably suffered more from terrorism, including state terrorism, more than any other people in the 21st century. Freedom of speech and expression has been one of the main reasons the 2011 Syrian Revolution broke out. Syrian cartoonists’ standing against terrorism and with freedom of speech is therefore inevitable.
The chairs in Syrian cartoons symbolize the abuse power in politics, from the early beginnings as a metaphor under censorship in Syria. Now as an icon for all dictatorships.