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