The work of renowned cartoonists Steve Bell, Gado (Godfrey Mwampembwa) and Liza Donnelly will be amongst those displayed at an exhibition of political cartoons, comic strips and graphic novels at LSE. The exhibition seeks to provoke debate about the importance of the artists as key actors in global civil society, and will be on display from Thursday 11 October.
Hosted by the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at LSE, 'Voices of Global Civil Society' runs until Thursday 29 November in the Atrium, Old Building, LSE.
Recent events such as the Danish cartoon controversy point to the increasingly sensitised global environment in which cartoonists, political actors in their own right, operate. In a world characterised by accelerated and new modes of communication, and a growing concern about global issues, the graphic medium of cartoons, graphic novels and comic strips represents an increasingly significant political phenomenon.
The work of editorial cartoonists including Bell, Gado and Donnelly, and celebrated graphic novelists Marjane Satrapi and Joe Sacco, will be showcased alongside a new generation of African comic artists, Pahe (Essono Patrick) and Didier Viode, and Indian community activists who use comic art as a campaign tool.
'Voices of Global Civil Society' is linked to the Global Civil Society Yearbook, the annual publication of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, which for 2007-08 takes the theme of communicative power and democracy. Including the work of 41 artists from 24 countries, the exhibition is organised into seven key themes of concern to global civil society: democracy, conflict, human rights, HIV and AIDS, accountability and transparency of institutions, voices (freedom of expression and the media), and environment.
Paresh Nath, chief editorial cartoonist at The National Herald, Delhi and Khaleej Times, Dubai, said: 'The cartoon is a powerful medium which proposes, preaches and pinches; informs and entertains. My aim is to highlight the political and social changes taking place in the society, to bring out the weakness and inconsistencies in the pronouncement of leaders as compared to the high principles to which they profess, to amuse the reader by bringing out incongruities in various aspects of life in global, political and social environment, be it human rights or trade or health concerns. I wanted to be involved in this initiative because the exhibition intends to highlight these issues for awareness in a unique way.'
Liza Donnelley, staff cartoonist at The New Yorker whose work will be amongst the exhibits: 'Humour - which is a very powerful tool - gets overlooked very often. I am honoured to be in the exhibition with so many incredible artists from around the world.'
Voices of Global Civil Society will be open to the public on Thursday 11 October to Thursday 29 November in the Atrium, Services Centre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A.
A private view will be held on Wednesday 10 October at 8-9.30pm. This invite-only reception follows a panel debate to launch the Global Civil Society Yearbook 2007-08 in the Old Theatre, Old Building, 6.30-8pm. If you would like to attend the reception, please email Fiona Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org. Places are limited and issued on a first come first served basis.
For more information or to register for the private view, contact Fiona Holland at email@example.com
An LSE public panel discussion, Frivolous Entertainment or Potent Tool of Communication? The Role of Cartoons and Graphic Novels in a Global Age will take place on Wednesday 21 November, New Theatre, East Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London, WC2A, 6.30-8pm. This event is free and open to all.
The Global Civil Society Yearbook 2007-08 is a collaboration between LSE's Centre for the Study of Global Governance, UCLA's Center for Civil Society and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. It will be published by Sage Publications on 10 October. For more information visit http://www.lse.ac.uk/Depts/global/researchgcspub.htm or http://www.sagepub.co.uk/booksProdDesc.nav?prodId=Book232009
8 October 2007