Prague: International Exhibition of Political Cartoons
The first opening of the traveling “International exhibition of political cartoons” of renowned cartoonists from the four Visegrad countries and the USA will take place on 19 January 2012 at 17:30 in the American Center in Prague. Critical and current view on politics and society will be presented by cartoons from Daryl Cagle (USA), Pavel Reisenauer (CR), Martin “Shooty” Šútovec (SR), Andrzej Mleczko (PL) and Csaba Varga (HU). The exhibition in the course of 2012 will successively visit 12 major cities of Central Europe. After the exhibition in Prague, which runs until 15 March 2012, visitors will be able to see all cartoons at the main squares in Hradec Kralove, Olomouc, Brno, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Katowice, Krakow, Budapest, Miskolc, Debrecen and Győr.
One of the initiators of the project was an American legend of political cartoons Daryl Cagle, who is bringing together political cartoonist from whole the world in his organization Caglecartoons. The best description about the idea of the project was in a pronouncement of the American ambassador in Bratislava, Mr. Theodore Sedgwick: “One of our greatest freedoms are jokes at the expense of our government …. When we are afraid to make fun of our political opponents would no longer be any politicians, but dictators. ”
Organizers hope that through this exhibition people will appreciate the satire and critical view, used by journalists and cartoonists as Reisenauer, Cagle, and their colleagues, and understand that they mainly serve to inform and entertain the general public and also encourage leaders to take responsibility.
The exhibition presents caricatures of politicians across the whole political spectrum, which only emphasizes objectivity and mission of the project. It is a celebration of critical thinking and freedom of expression, whereas in some countries are given the legal action against cartoonists. Purpose of the exhibition in a public space is demonstration that a critical view of cartoonists is an integral part of a free press and public lives.
The project of the International exhibition of political cartoons 2012 was supported by IVF (International Visegrad Fund), the U.S. Embassy in Prague and the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic.
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