Wednesday, 17 May 2017

"I hear the fire speak"

For every one of you, who strive for a better world however the personal cost, Angel Boligán has drawn your portrait.

The title above is a quotation from Paul Eluard, from that poem Christiane Taubira cited that the funeral of Tignous, who was among the massacred at Charlie Hebdo. Within the pain of loss is the creator of a will to live, the three movements of which ignite an infinite horizon before us.

No frame is sufficiently strong to keep your portrait within.

Angel Boligán, The Repression and The Spark, May 13, 2017.

The cartoon shown is courtesy of Angel Boligán and must not be reproduced without his permission.

How To Draw A Portrait...

... in an autocracy.

Ignore the nose, it poses no danger. The eyes on the other hand mark the middle line of the skull.

Note how easy it is. A single line across and any trace of the person underneath is removed. To complete the operation, encase the side lines of the skull.

Having exchanged your line for barbed wire, all you now need is to leave a dash of it where a mouth once was and you have the perfect non-citizen before you.

Fadi Abou Hassan, No Comment, May 16, 2017.

The cartoon shown is courtesy of Fadi Abou Hassan and must not be reproduced without his permission.

Peace For Our Time

Niels Bo Bojesen, Peace for our time: EU reassured about US relations after
talks with Pence. February 21, 2017.

The speed with which the statesmanship of Trump is proving its non-existence, long having crossed the line of a criminal act, the man above might have taken over the presidency by the time this is published.

Unless Mike Pence proves to be as entangled in the authoritarian web, which is more than likely, as exposed by Niels Bo Bojesen.

That line above the eyes. That line from shoulder pad to shoulder pad. A secret service agent stepping forward. His boss may be scary for anyone with a working brain. No. 2 in line is no less so in his own capacity.

Niels Bo Bojesen proves yet again that he draws a mean portrait, one of the reasons for which he is awarded this year's Pentel Prisen as Danish Cartoonist Of The Year. He is an internationally recognized cartoonist, whose main working tool is clarity.

Clarity comprises in just the one word 1) freedom i.e. free from confusion or being in the dark, 2) light in the meaning of being lucid, and 3) translucence by way of creating understanding. All of which is at the core in the art of Niels Bo Bojesen.

He uses symbols, pieces of imagery that are already a given such as the sentence above, which is as iconic as any image, or The Stars and Stripes in the one underneath. Clear-cut, well-known imagery, the visuals of which are not seen in or for itself, but as a short cut to a cluster of meanings. Only, all is not well in the world, and Niels Bo Bojesen shakes up its clarity for us to see anew.

Shaken, but never broken. Niels Bo Bojesen is not a defeatist. On the contrary he is creating lucidity as a means to create understanding.

After all, within the lifesaver from within the flag are human fingers. 

Niels Bo Bojesen, Facts, February 7, 2017.


The cartoons shown are courtesy of Niels Bo Bojesen and must not be reproduced without his permission.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Being in the Moment

When all complexity of life can be laid aside just for a moment for the simple relief, the AH! of being able to breathe freely even if just for that moment before walking on. 

That next to impossible visualization of pure joy and being in the moment and Fadi Abou Hassan has unified the two on the relief of last night's outcome of the French presidential election. Not just that: Fadi emphasizes how it was an act taking place of choosing the light.

With the symbol establishing the fact that this shall be seen from left to right only. 

Fadi Abou Hassan, In a Hopeful Manner, May 8, 2017.

The cartoon shown is courtesy of Fadi Abou Hassan and must not be reproduced without his permission.

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