Monday, 15 June, 2020

Tehran gallery launches ‘I can’t breathe’ international cartoon exhibition

The Aali Gallery of the Art Bureau in Tehran launched an international cartoon exhibition titled ‘I can’t breathe,’ which features works on the death of George Floyd and anti-racism protests in the US.

The secretary of the exhibition, Masoud Shojaei-Tabatabai, explained on Saturday that the 72 artworks completed by 45 artists from 27 countries were a direct reaction to George Floyd’s death and the protests that ensued.

“Because the cry of complacency and lamentation was accompanied by words like ‘I can’t breathe,’ we titled the exhibition as ‘I can’t breathe.’ In our opinion, this was a fire under the ashes that showed itself in some way, not only in the US but also in Western countries. It is creating a serious and strange wave in regards to racial discrimination,” he said.

Cartoons depicting the Statue of Liberty taking a knee while holding a sign reading “I can’t breathe” and another one showing US President Donald Trump stepping on the neck of a black man were among the displayed works.”One of the most interesting things that influenced me a lot was that in all of the artworks, President Trump’s face was considered as a racist on this issue by all the cartoonists,” commented a visitor.

Protests have been taking place in the US and around the world since the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25, reigniting the Black Lives Matter movement, which denounces a pattern of unarmed black men, women and children killed by police.

(Source: AFP)

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