The strong emotions generated around the world by the terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen in early 2015, combined with a new awareness of the growing chasms between different communities in our societies, have lead to the creation of a common space dedicated to the promotion of dialogue, the exchange of ideas, debates on the freedom of speech and cartoons in the press; a space that is more important than ever.
In September 2015, an international seminar titled ‘Press cartoons: a state of affairs’ is organized by Cartooning for Peace and thought up with Régis Debray. This seminar brought together cartoonists from all around the world as well as intellectuals, theologians, cultural, politic and civil society representatives. This exhibition, presented at the SCAM in Paris, displays a collection of cartoons highlighting conclusions of the Seminar.
Indeed, press cartoons evoke many questions: in the name of freedom of expression, shall we tolerate anything and everything? Is it possible to laugh about everything, with everyone? How can we combine freedom, responsibility and tolerance?
By its ability to smile, to instantly convey a message and make people think, the press drawing is an undeniable tool for dialogue and tolerance. This is all the work of awareness and education that Cartooning for Peace is leading since 10 years: in 2015, in France, 200 000 students benefited from our actions.
At the SCAM headquarters (Civil Society of Multimedia Authors)
5 Avenue Velasquez 75008 Paris