Palestine In Black and White
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Caricaturist Mohammad Sabaaneh talks to Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson about his recent book Palestine in Black and White, a hard-hitting portrayal of life under occupation.
Mohammad Sabaaneh has gained worldwide renown for his black and white sketches. His stark geometric figures and landscapes are rich with Palestinian visual traditions and symbols, while his haunting figures depict a vivid perspective of the occupation.
This first collection brings together one hundred of Sabaaneh’s most striking works, including cartoons that portray the experience of Palestinian prisoners, drawn while Sabaaneh himself was detained in an Israeli prison. The drawings do not flinch from revealing the reality that confronts Palestinians, from Israel’s injustices in the West Bank to their military operations on Gaza.
Mohammad Sabaaneh is a Palestinian graphic artist living in Ramallah in the West Bank. He is the principal political cartoonist for Al-Hayat al-Jadida, the Palestinian Authority’s daily newspaper, and has published his work in many other newspapers around the Arab World. He is a member of the International Cartoon Movement as well as the VJ Movement for visual journalists around the globe. Sabaaneh’s work has been displayed in numerous collections and fairs in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East, and he won third place in the Arab Caricature Contest in 2013. Sabaaneh has a BA in interior design and he currently works as an administrator at Arab American University’s Ramallah campus.
Martin Rowson is a multi-award winning cartoonist, illustrator, writer and broadcaster. Over the past 35 years his work has appeared regularly in The Guardian, the Daily Mirror, The Independent on Sunday, The Times, The Spectator, The Morning Star, Tribune and more or less every other publication you can think of apart from The Sun (they never asked). His many books include graphic novelisations of Gullivers Travels and The Communist Manifesto and “Stuff”, a memoir of clearing out his late parents’ house which was long listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Rowson lives in London and is currently chair of the British Cartoonists’ Association and a vice-president of the Zoological Society of London