‘Drawing Blood’ : A Showcase of Political Cartoons from Oppressive Regimes

Alongside York PEN, Ruki Fernando at York’s Centre for Applied Human Rights, helped organise the hugely successful pop-up exhibition at the Norman Rea Gallery on 11th March, which was put together to highlight the on-going infringements of cartoonists’ rights to free expression around the world and to celebrate the work of several featured artists, including Prageeth Eknaligoda – the Sri Lankan cartoonist who has been missing since January 2010 (his wife Sandhya has been campaigning to try find him, as part of the ‘Where is Prageeth?’ campaign) – Syrian Ali Ferzat, who had his hands brutally broken under Bashar al-Assad’s regime after his work was published – and Iranian Mana Neyestani who was arrested in 2006 for a cartoon that was printed in a government funded newspaper, which the government accused Neyestani of aligning them with cockroaches.

 

Prageeth Eknaligoda:

 

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Mana Neyestani:

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Ali Ferzat:

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