Saturday, March 25, 2017

Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Prison for Painting of Kurdish Town Attack

Doğan has been given a sentence of 2 years and 10 months by a Turkish court. Perwana Nazif, 
Zehra Doğan. Courtesy the Voice Project.

The Turkish-Kurdish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan has been sentenced to 2 years, nine months, and 22 days in prison for creating a painting which depicted the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in the Nusaybin district of Mardin province, a Kurdish region in Turkey.

According to Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, the Mardin Second High Criminal Court in Turkey handed down the sentence because she drew Turkish flags on buildings destroyed by Turkish forces. However, according to Artforum, the court expressed that Doğan’s sharing of the image of her work, featuring current military operations, was the cause for her prison sentence.
Work by Zehra Doğan. Courtesy the Voice Project.
“I was given two years and 10 months [jail time] only because I painted Turkish flags on destroyed buildings. However, [the Turkish government] caused this. I only painted it,” Doğan posted in a now-deleted tweet as reported by online Turkish journalism and human rights platform Turkey Purge.
According to the Art Newspaperauthorities arrested Doğan at a cafe late July, claiming that her artworks proved that she was connected to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist organization by the Turkish government.
“Art and paintings can never be used in such a way,” said Doğan’s lawyer, Asli Pasinli, according to Voice Projectan international organization committed to freedom of expression and creative activism. “This is an attack on art and artistic expression.”

FaceMi Humor Cartoon Exhibition (04,2017)

A) Cartoon Section: Better Internet, Better Life
(Computer,Mobile Phone,WiFi,Robot,Tablet PC,Unmanned Plane,Network Shopping,Games,etc.)
B) CaricatureSection: World Internet Leader:
Steve Jobs,Bill Gates,Tim Cook,Mark Zuckerberg,Larry Page,Elon Musk,Jeff Bezos,Eric Schmidt,etc.
Chinese Internet Leader:
Ma Yun(Jack Ma):Founder and Chairman of Alibaba Group
Liu Chuanzhi:Founder of Lenovo
Wang Jianlin:Founder and Chairman of Dalian Wanda Group
Ren Zhengfei:Founder and President of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd
Ma Huateng:Founder and Chairman of Tencent
Li Yanhong:Founder and Chairman of Baidu Inc
Dong Mingzhu:President of Gree Electric
Lei Jun:Founder and Chairman of Xiaomi Inc
Liu Qiangdong:Founder and CEO of
Jia Yueting:Founder and CEO of LETV
2,Deadline: April 5, 2017
3,PC Entries:
1) Size: Min:A4(210mmx297mm), Max:A3(297mmx420mm).Vertical figure, not horizontal figure.
2) Quantity: Unlimited .
3) Please send digital original drawings to this contest. Black & white or colored, any style, any technique will be accepted.
4) Participants are requested to send together with their cartoons, an entry-form with digital signature, a photograph or caricature. The form can be downloaded at FreeCartoonsWeb.
5) Titles or entry-form must be filled out in understandable English or Chinese.
6) All cartoonists can participate in festival through your own E-mail by submitting your cartoons to:
Format:JPEG Size:max.4M per cartoon Resolution ratio:200dpi-300dpi
7) The excellent cartoons will be published in Chinese website,newspaper and magazine.
Excellent Prize (3 works): Certificate+Catalogue(PDF); 
Fans Prize (50 works): Certificate+Catalogue(PDF).
Venue:Shanghai Wujiaochang Circular Plaza,China
Time:April 10-30,2017
6,Facemi Portrait Art Union:
Facebook (@fcwfcwcom)
Search Group: Facemi Portrait Art Union
Twitter (@fcwfcw)
Build Homepage:
E-mail: (Only for Festival)

FaceMi Humor Cartoon Exhibition
Full Name:___________________________________ Photo/ Caricature
Address: ______________________________________________________________
Tel:_________________________________________ Fax:____________________
Hompage: _____________________________________________________
E-mail: ________________________________________________________
Cartoon Quantity__________________________
Title: 1____________2____________3_____________4____________5___________
6____________7___________8____________9___________ 10___________
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Marcin Bondarowicz – exhibition in the European Cartoon Center Kruishoutem - Belgium from the 28th of January till the 2th of April 2017.

Marcin Bondarowicz - introduction to his exhibition
My works reflect the sensitivity of a child who is first astonished by the world around, then starts asking many questions, and eventually attempts to answer them through the creative process. The road to truth is full of dramatic questions: razor sharp and extremely precise, uncompromising, sometimes also drastic. I take up those questions with no hesitation; I observe, and consequently I comment on what I see. I make use of a wide array of symbols and metaphors which are the building blocks of my surrealistic world – so different, and so close to us at the same time.
Hard work began with my incurable passion for painting. I fell in love with painting as a little boy, and it has led me to the place where I am now. It is only the beginning of the road for me, and I can see no final point of destination. I am always driven by the urge to become better and better in what I do.
My works draw on the traditions of the Polish School of Posters. It was a philosophical, telegraphic type of poster, economical to the point of becoming abstract, but at the same time – aiming to exert a wide social impact. Time and the exploration of the various fields related to painting and graphic design have inspired the idea of creating functional art representing an individual type of artistic expression. The first commissions that I received for posters, and my desire to comment on some key social issues – brought me in contact with the field of illustration, and later press illustration, which has now very largely dominated my professional activity. The vast majority of the works presented at this exhibition have already been published.
Even though my illustrations have been published both in Poland and abroad, sometimes in magazines representing radically different political standpoints, what always comes first for me is “my comment on the matter”, and this is also how I approach my work.
I attach great importance to the emotions that appear between the author and the audience, at the meeting point of these two worlds. These emotions frequently provide the incentive for further explorations. Even though I cannot be present today at the vernissage of my exhibition, you will be able to feel my presence in my works, with which I am inextricably linked – I am one with them. I feel very honoured to be able to present them in Belgium – in a place from which I have received so much support. It is very important for me that I can thus share with you the world of my imagination.

Marcin Bondarowicz

FENAMiZAH EXTRA no: 5m March, 2017 • DONALD TRUMP CARTOONS by worldwide cartoonists.

You can read it online or download the PDF file.

from 63 cartoonists !

Thank you all participants.

Best regards.

- - -
aziz yavuzdoğan
graphic designer & cartoonist
editor in chief of the FENAMIZAH e-magazine

OSTEN is inviting you to participate in the 49th WORLD GALLERY OF CARTOONS Skopje 2017

Download the APPLICATION FORM, fill it, submit it along with your works and you can win one of the following awards:

FIRST AWARD for Cartoon
FIRST AWARD for Satiric Drawing
FIRST AWARD for Comic / Strip
CICO AWARD (for Macedonian cartoonist)
Reminder: following our principle of creating and preserving art on paper, only ORIGINAL WORKS (hand-drawn cartoons, satirical drawings, and comics) will be considered in the selection process. They should be sent no later than 31st March 2017 to our address:     
8.Udarna Brigada 2, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
The jury activities will take place in April 2017, and the official opening of the 49th WORLD GALLERY OF CARTOONS Skopje 2017 and the announcement of the awards will take place on 25th May 2017 at the OSTEN Gallery, Skopje.
Download the APPLICATION FORM, fill it, submit it, follow us on FB, and do not forget to share this information with your colleagues and friends. For additional information, you can always contact us

We are expecting your participation!

Monday, March 20, 2017

International Cartoon Contest - Alexandar KLAS 2017

International Cartoon Contest - Alexandar KLAS 2017
After a few years break ILUSTROVANA POLITIKA magazine again invites international cartoon contest under the name Alexandar KLAS, cartoonists who faithfully acted on the first issue of the  ILUSTROVANA POLITIKA magazine 1958. He drew cartoons under the motto ALEKSANDAR KLAS LINES TO YOU. As the most award-winning cartoonist in the world in 1990, entered the Guinness Book of Records.
So he went to a legend, especially ILUSTROVANA POLITIKA magazine, which is now back on the world stage cartoons, where it has always belonged.
A. Participation. - The competition is open to all cartoonists of the world regardless of nationality, religion, age, sex and education.
B. The theme of the competition. Free.
C. Sending cartoons. - Accepting exclusively original works and signed digital prints. Papers should not have been previously awarded. Sends the maximum 5. cartoons A4. In addition to the works send a photo, Curriculum Vitae (CV), and on the back of the works basic information (name, surname, address, e-mail address and telephone number).
Works can be sent by post to the following address:
Cetinjska 1
11000 Beograd
D. Deadline - Cartoons will be accepted until 1 September 2017.
E. Awards. - The first financial prize money and diplomas.
The second financial prize money and diplomas.
The third financial prize money and diplomas.
The total prize money amounts to 2,000 (two thousand) euros.
Will be allocated and several special prizes and diplomas.
F. Exhibition - The award ceremony and exhibition will be held in Belgrade for a day ILUSTROVANA POLITIKA magazine of November 11th 2017.
G. Catalog. - All cartoonists whose cartoons are selected in the catalog and the exhibition will receive a free copy of the catalog.
H. Other Provisions - Arrived works remain the property of ILUSTROVANA POLITIKA magazine. The organizers reserve the right to use them without financial compensation to the authors. By entering the contest is considered that the authors accept the proposition as a whole.
Špiro Radulović
Editor of competition

No dia 21 de Março celebramos o aniversário de Bordalo Pinheiro com a inauguração da Exposição Lisboa de Bordalo.- Museu Bordalo Pinheiro (Campo Grande - Lisboa)

No dia 21 de Março celebramos o aniversário de Bordalo Pinheiro com a inauguração da Exposição Lisboa de Bordalo.
Um passeio sobre a Lisboa do fim do século XIX, com todos os condimentos que Bordalo sabe tão bem usar: informação, talento, humor.
Venha até ao Museu 3a feira, dia 21 de Março, às 18.30, ajudar a celebrar o 171º aniversário de Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Xavier Bonilla gana el Sombrero de Oro del 56 Festival de Knokke Heist, Belgica Por Francisco Punal Suarez

¿Quién no se ha hecho un selfie, y ahora más con la facilidad de los teléfonos inteligentes y la difusión que permiten las redes sociales? El selfie está de moda, desde hace años.  Es una forma de relacionarse y mostrar al mundo un instante de nuestras vidas, un estado de ánimo, un grito contra el pudor, una manifestación narcisista. Pero desde luego, el autorretrato tiene también su vertiente artística, y su presencia en la historia de la fotografía es muy antigua. Se considera al francés Hippolyte Bayard, con su famoso “Autorretrato de un hombre ahogado”, donde se hace  pasar por muerto, y realizado en 1840, un elemento temprano e inquietante en la historia del arte. En este caso, el cuerpo se convierte en una herramienta de trabajo.
Como indica Susan Bright, en su libro  "Autofocus, the Self-portrait in Contemporary Photography", Edit. Thames and Hudson, London, 2010, un autorretrato es mucho más que una representación visual mimética del artista. Realmente es una narrativa abierta a la interpretación del observador donde el artista propone su propia auto-revelación, auto-preservación y en última instancia auto-creación.
Ahora, en la 56º edición del Concurso Internacional de la Caricatura de Knokke Heist, Bélgica, el  evento de humor gráfico más antiguo del mundo, el dibujante ecuatoriano Xavier Bonilla ha ganado el Sombrero de Oro, con una viñeta de humor negro que parodia los autorretratos. Según el jurado, “la obra aborda, desde la exageración, la macabra cultura del selfie. Es una visión crítica sobre la falta de empatía contemporánea en la búsqueda de gustos. Literalmente va sobre cadáveres”.
El Sombrero de plata correspondió a un dibujo del  polaco  Zbigniew Wozniak, donde predomina el absurdo, con una mirada divertida sobre el decoro.
El Sombrero de Bronce lo ganó un trabajo del ruso Vasiliy Alexandrov ,  con una broma original, con una cuota de dolor, que critica la mezquindad y el machismo.
El premio de Davidsfonds fue a parar a las manos del belga Luc Descheemaeker, por una imagen que ya es emblemática del siglo XXI, un diseño fuera de serie, una caricatura que es un soplete: El pelo de Hitler, es un icono, y su bigote ahora se convierte en el perfil de Donald Trump. Toda una advertencia a la humanidad en este mundo convulso en que vivimos.
Al premio Sombrero de Oro le corresponde un premio en metálico de 5000 euros y fue otorgado por un jurado encabezado por su presidente Chris Dusauchoit, junto a los caricaturistas Fleur Van Groningen, Inge Heremans (Ilah), Katrien De Vreese, de Davidsfonds y Tanja Vrancken (director de producción de Bl!ndman)  quienes tuvieron la difícil tarea de elegir entre los 1754 dibujos presentados a concurso, enviados por cerca de  500 dibujantes de 60 países.
Se pronostica, como cada año,  que miles de personas asistirán a la exposición de la 56º edición de este concurso, que permanecerá abierta al público del  1 de julio al 4 de septiembre, en un pabellón del distrito Heist, muy cerca de la playa, con entrada gratuita. La inauguración de la muestra, con el nombre de Eureka,   tendrá lugar el 28 de junio con la asistencia de los dibujantes premiados, invitados, organizadores del Festival y autoridades locales.

En la pasada edición del Festival de Knokke Heist el Sombrero de Oro también le correspondió a un autor latino, el caricaturista brasileño Dalcio Machado. Con su historieta, que tiene  una fuerte carga crítica y  social, aborda, mediante el contraste, el tema de los miedos, imaginarios y reales. En el primer cuadro, en una situación cotidiana, un niño mira debajo de su cama, pues teme que existan monstruos imaginarios. En el segundo dibujo, en un país en guerra, el niño tiene miedo de un peligro real, las bombas, y usa la cama como un abrigo para protegerse del peligro que le viene encima. Sin lugar a dudas es una historieta gráfica excelente, bien desarrollada y donde Dalcio demostró una vez más su calidad como dibujante. Este era el reconocimiento número 116 de su amplia trayectoria artística.

Astra Motor International Cartoon Contest 2017

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