Cartoonist Sabaaneh brings art, witness to US, starting in NC, Nov 6!

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The “Triangle” area of N. Carolina will see the launch, November 6, of Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh‘s new U.S. tour “Picture This! Life and Art in Palestine.” The whole tour calendar can be viewed here.

The Ramallah-based Sabaaneh draws a daily political cartoon for the Palestinian daily Al-Hayat al-Jadida. Just World Books published a landmark first collection of his cartoons, White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine, in Spring 2017– and Just World Educational organized a great US-wide tour to launch the book.

Mohammad at the UN General Assembly, Nov. 2017

Last fall, Sabaaneh was brought to New York by the UN’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, which lauded him as a headline achiever in the field of cartooning. He is also a Middle East ambassador for the Virginia-based organization, Cartoonist Rights Network International (CRNI.)

This year’s tour starts with two public events (and one semi-private event), in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC.

Sabaaneh will then fly to the Pacific Northwest, for events in Seattle and Tacoma, before returning to the east coast for a number of events in Manhattan, one in White Plains, NY, and others in the New Jersey towns of  Orange, Newark, and Clifton. He will also be featured at the landmark opening in Washington DC of an exhibition of his powerful linocut prints.

A Sabaaneh linocut

As noted above, the tour calendar can be viewed here. Please share it widely with your friends and networks!

The event in Washington DC, will run 5 pm – 8 pm on November 17 at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery (2425, Virginia Ave, NW.) It is notable for a number of reasons. This is the first time that Sabaaneh has had an exhibition devoted almost wholly to his linocut prints (but a large-scale giclee print of his amazing “History of Palestine” frieze will also be displayed there.)

In an “artist’s statement” that accompanies the exhibition, Sabaaneh wrote:

When I do linocut, I feel… that I am creating a version of myself as well as creating art. The amount of wet black ink on the paper reflects me, and reflects the world around us.

… I ask how I can share my world, as an artist and a Palestinian, with the rest of the world’s people? Surely, by art! I refuse to keep art only for the elite, in museums or exhibitions. Art should elevate the people’s awareness and the artist should carve the dark world to create beauty—like linocut. 

At the November 17 event, Sabaaneh will be discussing his art and his life with Robert (“Bro”) Russell, the Executive Director of CRNI.

At the event, Just World Books will also be debuting the new, hardcover “deluxe” edition they’ve been producing, of Sabaaneh’s White and Black.

The exhibition of Sabaaneh’s linocuts will stay at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery until December 15.

Please share all the news of the above events, or the tour calendar, with your friends and colleagues!