GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The work of some of the world’s finest cartoonists is bringing freedom of expression into the open, literally, along the Quai Wilson in Geneva, 10 June to 10 July, with a display of some 100 posters on large panels made available by the city of Geneva. Four cartoonists from countries where major news events have occurred since the start of 2011 are included.
The four, in Geneva at the invitation of the Geneva-based Cartooning for Peace Foundation, are meeting the public Saturday morning 11 June from 10:30-12:30 at an aperitif/public opening: No-Rio from Japan, Khalid Gueddar from Morocco, Lassane Zohoré from Cote d’Ivoire, Kianouch Ramezani from Iran who is now in exile in Paris.
Most of the posters have been published in the cartoonists’ home countries. They cover human rights, armed conflicts, North-South inequalities, climate change, censorship and taboos.
The Foundation for Peace, a Swiss organization, was founded in 2010 with an initial CHF50,000 grant from the Swiss Foreign Affairs Department. Kofi Annan, former UN secretary-general, is the president of honour and French cartoonist Plantu is the president. Some 90 cartoonists from around the world are members.
Geneva and Cartooning for Peace to offer world cartoon prize
The foundation and the city of Geneva announced at the inauguration of the exhibit Friday that they will begin offering a “Cartoons for Peace” prize, the first of which will be awarded in the spring of 2012.
It will go to a living cartoonist for his or her exceptional contribution in the areas of human rights, press freedom, freedom of expression or related area, with particular consideration given to cartoons published in a political censorship context.
The winner will be given an individual exhibit or web site as a prize.