President Obama’s Term, In The Eyes of a Cartoonist

Damien Glez, a Burkina Faso-based cartoonist, is one of World Policy Journal's regularly contributing cartoonists. About Three years ago, he drew fire for his caricature of the King of Morocco in the French newspaper Le Monde. Spain’s leading daily El Pais recently republished the same cartoon. The government of Morocco promptly banned the newspaper from the Kingdom and ordered all copies seized. 

The following seven cartoons come from his portfolio of work that will be featured at ART SOIREE Productions' 3rd Annual Cartoonist Exhibit, called 'FIRST-TERM RETROSPECTIVE.' On the evening of Saturday, January 19, just in time for the inauguration weekend in Washington, Dc, this exhibit will take viewers on a journey back through Obama’s first-term in the office through the eyes of the world’s most respected contemporary editorial cartoonists. 

For over 500 years the art of political cartoons has been used to convey social and political messages through the use of images familiar to all of the people in a society. In the U.S., this powerful form of art has always reflected key moments in history.


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