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Yesterday I was honored to do the inaugurational speech of O-Sekoer’s personal exhibition in his home town Torhout.
To be honest I was impressed: by the works (of course), by their presentation (perfect as expected) but what impressed me the most was the crowd: family (90-years old mum and 1 month old granddaughter), friends, cartoon lovers and even 2 Syrian Refugees…. Hundreds of people all very proud on ‘their O-Sekoer’, THE great artist/cartoonist, but also a very humble local (or global?) man with a great heart.
As Mrs. Lieselotte Denolf (elderman in Torhout) said in her welcome word: ‘we all say we sympathise with the refugees escaping from war, but who invites them to come and drink a coffee at home, I don’t, but Luc he does.’
It illustrates that the work of O-Sekoer is the result of social engagement. As no other he invites the public to think, to create your own personal opinion about themes as war, poverty, climate change, terrorism, ….. Themes that are important to him and at the same time he is able to stay very objectif, he only gives us the facts, he doesn’t take position… But we do by our own reaction on the cartoon.
For this exhibition O-Sekoer reframed each of his cartoons, he used old frames, old paper, fabrics … Each work has it’s own personality: an old stamp, the prize of the book marked on the first page, the fingerprint of the artist. He’s playing with the time, he forces us to take a step back and have a secund look.
This is really a must see exhibition because I completely agree by these words of Jan Oplinus:
‘I’ve seen many cartoon exhibitions before, but this time the artist did not only surprise us with his outstanding cartoons, but also with the unique framing of the works. By doing so, the cartoons, already being of a high artistic quality, were exalted into another level.’
And the catalogue … Well the first two copies were for the two Syrian refugees…
These pics are made by: Geert Vanoverschelde
More information: http://o-sekoer.blogspot.be
The cartoon festival of Lebbeke is a small Belgian festival organized by a small group of volunteers with a warm heart. It is allways great to see how some people achieve to organize cartoon contests by hard working and further not a lot of financials. They deserve respect, because they do it for the pleasure of the art form that is cartooning.
The winner of this years edition was O-Sekoer, with his cartoon about refugees.
ZYGMUNT ZARADKIEWICZ (2nd), FRANK HOFFMANN (3th) and MIROSLAV BARVIRCAK (4th), the ‘CURIEUS’ prize was for the Belgian HAIDARI NATALIJA
Doede Okkema, Vladimir Kazanevsky and Jean Van Spittael got an honorable mention.
And I was happy to see some Belgian cartoonists again
On Saturday the 26th of September we had the opening ceremony of the Polish cartoonist and Illustrator Jerzy Gluszek and a selection of Croatian cartoonist and this in the presence of the Croatian Ambassador in Belgium
Just have a look at some nice pics of that evening
Twee maanden (van 23 tot 26 april) voor de cartoonhetze in Antwerpen werden op de Week Van De Amateurkunsten in Schoten ook al mohammedcartoons tentoongesteld. In containers kwamen daar verschillende kunstvormen aan bod. In de cartoon-container werd één wand gereserveerd voor “de cartoon in de geschiedenis”. Behalve werken over onderandere de koude oorlog, Leopold II en de maanlanding waren ook enkele mohammedcartoons uit de Jyllands-posten opgehangen, met een ruimte waar de bezoekers hun mening kwijt konden.
Voor méér dan 90 procent waren de cartoons geen probleem.
De meest populaire cartoon bleek er één van Canary Pete te zijn:
En ook deze twee cartoons konden op héél wat bijval rekenen:
Bij de Hitlercartoon met Bart De Wever was er heel wat meer controverse en soms verhitte discussie. Wat eigenlijk de bedoeling was.
Dit is een verslagje van cartoonist Danny Maes.
Alvast bedankt voor de bijdrage!
From May 29th till June 1st a Belgian delegation of cartoonists and ECC members was invited by Andrus Tamm, chief-editor of the Estonian humour magazine “Pilkaja” and organizer of the yearly international cartoon contest, to come to Tallinn, Estonia, to attend the opening ceremony of the exhibition “Cartoons from Belgium”.
The exhibition is located in the Rahvarinde Muuseum (Museum of the Popular Front, dedicated to a political organization that was the key to Estonia’s independence in 1991) and shows a selection of a hundred cartoons of Belgium’s most popular and meritorious contest cartoonists (Tony Houbrechts, Nikola Hendrickx, Luc Vermeersch, Ludo Goderis, Luc Descheemaeker, Constantin Sunnerberg, Jan Dufour, Luc Vernimmen, Norbert Van Yperzeele and Stefaan Provijn). Also a few Estonian cartoonists like Hugo Hiibus, Priit Koppel, and others, were present and it was great to meet them. Although not many people showed up at the opening, we are sure that the exhibition will be a great success. The Rahvarinde Muuseum is located in the center of the city (at Freedom Square), and the exhibition is open during the whole summer.
In the evening we all celebrated the 50th edition of Andrus’s humour magazine “Pilkaja” in one of the many cellar bars of Tallinn. And of course, besides a few drinks and some tasty food snacks, an evening with cartoonist wouldn’t be one without drawing cartoons and caricatures.
The remaining time of the weekend we spent by wandering in the beautiful picturesque Old Town, enjoying the nice weather and the many sidewalk cafés.
We had a great time in Tallinn, and we are looking forward to read the article about the exhibition in the next edition of “Pilkaja”.
Saskia, Fernand, Tony and Nikola
And a reflection by Tony in Dutch:
‘Terug geflitst naar de middeleeuwen, naar onze honderd kartoens, die niet aan de galg maar onder de grond hangen hier in Tallinn.
Boven de grond zijn er feesten. We lopen er over de koppen. Vooral over keikoppen die een toeristische aanslag plegen op enkel en ruggengraat.
Hotsend en botsend door de kleine gezellige staatjes zoeken we kerken, musea, moskee en andere gelegenheden op.
Kon ik nu maar vliegen.
Moet spontaan denken aan het mezennestje van Gezellige Guido.
“Een mezennestje is uitgebroken,
dat in een wilgentronk
met vijftien eikes blonk;
ze zitten in de boom te spelen,
Estland is weerom ijle en uit.”’
Some photos of the inauguration of the ‘Cartoons from Belgium’ exhibition in Tallinn – Estonia.