August 20, 2014 - Comments Off on Zapiro – DemoCrazy – 29 SEPTEMBER – 30 OCTOBER 2014
The Sowetan newspaper describes Zapiro (aka Jonathan Shapiro) as “The best political cartoonist in the country.” His most recent book Democrazy (published by Jacana) presents a survey of satirical graphics of the foibles of South African politics over the past twenty years. In it he traces the indelible legacies of decisive moments that define, and still continue to shape, the country. In the twenty years since the advent of democracy, he produced more than 4,500 cartoons for publication in Mail & Guardian, Sowetan, Sunday Times and Independent Newspapers. From those he selected the 450 works shown in Jacana’s Democrazy.
For his forthcoming ZAPIRO – DEMOCRAZY at the AVA Gallery, he honed this selection even further into an exhibition of 60 graphics that describe – with fearless determination and precise clarity – a South Africa that, he writes, “was crazier than anything my imagination could conjure up”. The hardest challenge of mastering this dangerous genre, he continues, “has been to find that element of humour essential for effective cartooning in such debilitating events.” During the course of his exhibition Zapiro will also take his work into the Cape Town public realm. Characters, situations and texts – printed larger-than-life and pasted outdoors – will create surprising new meanings. Discover them striding down hallways, animating shop windows, peering out from behind corners, commenting from the sides of a passing bus or the inside of a lift, and assuming the textures of the stone walls or concrete slabs that become their gallery.
View and download catalogue here : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_dROh5okHvHLTk2alVadHhnZU0/view