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"Cartoons for Freedom" Exhibit

The Institut français is proposing to the French Cultural Network an exhibit on press cartoons from artists from all over the world. The aim is to stir up a debate on freedom of expression.
The ‘‘Dessins en liberté’’ (Cartoons for Freedom) exhibit is comprised of 12 panels of press illustrations made by 50 artists from around the world. Each panel is devoted to a specific theme concerning freedom of expression, such as censorship, Internet, corruption, women’s rights, rebellions, climate, sports, racism, etc. The drawings made by artists of 45 different nationalities have all been published in the local press.
While echoing the attacks against Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, this exhibit proposes broadening the perspective by illustrating the manner in which freedom of expression today comes into play on all continents.
This event aims at stirring up a debate on the issue of freedom of expression as well as at facilitating relations and discussion between authors, illustrators, journalists, associations, representatives of civil society invited by the French Cultural Network. The newspaper Courrier international will facilitate contacts with the cartoonists.
The exhibit has been produced by the Institut français in partnership with Courrier international. In October 2015, this weekly paper will be part of the resources made available on the Culturethèque platform, a digital media library open to a public that has subscribed to media libraries of the Instituts français abroad.