Cartoon Xira will draw hordes of comic book enthusiasts to the Vila Franca de Xira district of northern Lisbon, Portugal, from March 14th to May 10th. Cartoon Xira is an event that showcases the best modern car
The event will take place in Celeiro da Patriarcal, built in the mid-eighteenth century for the Patriarchal Church of Lisbon, and which has served as a space for large exhibitions for many years. Established in 1999, Cartoon Xira is an annual event about humoristic cartoons, and unfailingly including the most important artists of the Iberian Peninsula, as well as a foreign guest of honour. This time the 38-year-old Paweł Kuczyński presents Reflexos, which collect several of his works which encourage reflection on social contingency.
It is a relatively old trend for cartoonists to be engaged in such a way, but Paweł Kuczyński’s artwork aims to do more than just criticize. “Artists can change everything,” he said to the Spanish daily El Comercio.
Thanks to the Internet revolution, during the last 15 years humanity has changed its perspective on various issues involving community life: politics, religion, and morality; and this phenomenon is because the Internet made anyone able to get informed about any topic, generating opinion and somehow ‘awakening’ curiosity and involvement of each person in their own social circle. This is how the nonconforming youth have prompted new political trends that led to the main ruling parties restructuring their strategies to (inevitably) keep their voters. The seriousness of humoristic cartoons seems especially evident after the tragedy in the quarters of the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hedbo.
Despite having been drawing for more than 10 years, Kuczyński’s popularity only soared recently thanks to Facebook – which, ironically, he criticizes in his drawings. His works include a strong critique of social communication through social media and also refer to economic inequality and political distrust. In a society forever on the lookout for the seeds of change, constantly visible drawings such as Kuczyński’s generate controversy which appeals to the Spanish-speaking world.
Paweł Kuczyński graduated from the University of Fine Arts in Poznan, and has received numerous international awards, including one ‘Eryk’, given by the Association of Polish Cartoonists. Moreover, Kuczyński has appeared in several articles in popular press around the world.
Cartoon Xira is promoted by the Polish Embassy in Portugal.
Sources: cm-vfxira.pt, pawelkuczynski.com, elcomercio.es.