BENGALURU: Cartoon works on women’s rights issues by artists from more than 50 countries on women’s rights issues were on display at the Indian Cartoon Gallery (ICG) in a show that will end on March 19.
The International cartoon exhibitionis the first of its kind in the country. Further, according to V.G Narendra, Managing Trustee, Indian Institute of Cartoonists (IIC), the same cartoons are being exhibited simultaneously in two different countries – Bangalore, India and Drobak, sNorway – at the same time.
There are 60 selected cartoons on show. Thee organisers had received 1100 entries from 360 cartoonists from 66 countries. The cartoons were selected by an international panel of jury members which constituted eminent artists from Norway, Germany, Turkey, Pakistan, Serbia, Sweden, USA, and Bangladesh.
The exhibition is put up by IIC and tOOnsMag.com, the first online cartoon magazine in Norway which was established after its founder publisherand artist Arifur Rahman was arrested and detained in Bangladesh for a cartoon he drew in 2007.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Aruna C. Newton, Chairperson, ELICIA Trust, on March 5.
Among the works, there is a caricature of Malala using a feminine gender symbol as a pen. “The cartoons portray how different the concepts of women’s rights are from country to country. The cartoons tend to speak across seas diminishing the challenges of language. I felt most of the pictures were speaking out directly to me,” said Ravi Nandan, a visitor.
Ralph Alex Arakal