For the past moth, Iraqis across generations have taken to the streets to protest government corruption, poor public service and high unemployment. They have been met with internet shutdown and brutal violence by the security forces and at least 260 protesters have lost their lives since the demonstrations broke out in the beginning of October.
Iraqi artist Ahmed Falah, who had to flee his home country six years ago because of his cartoons, came to Drøbak in ICORN residency in May this year. Falah is one of Iraq’s most influential cartoonists and every time he posts a cartoon on his official social media profiles, it is downloaded, printed and used in the demonstrations in Iraq. This has again made him an important voice in the call for democratic rights in Iraq at this crucial moment.
What does Falah’s drawings convey and why are the so hard-hitting?
On Sunday 10 November at Avistegnernes hus in Drøbak, Ahmed Falah meets with poet and journalist Omar al-Jaffal, who lives in exile in Düren in Germany. The two young Iraqi cousins both left Iraq six years ago and haven’t seen each other since. Through cartoons, prose, poetry and open discussion, Falah and Al-Jaffal take the audience on a journey through past and present Iraqi times, to tell the story of their generation. They speak about the meaning of being Iraqi at home and in exile.
The event takes place in Avistegnernes hus, Lindtruppbakken 1, Drøbak Sunday 10.november at 15-17 (3-5 pm)