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Turhan Selçuk - Caricature exhibition
Donopoulos international fine Arts gallery (Mylos Cultural Compound)
March 13-22 2009
Mon.-Sun.: 12:00-21:30

Organized by: Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
With the support of the General Consulate of Turkey in Thessaloniki
In collaboration with the Donopoulos Gallery

With caricature as both his passion and his weapon, pioneering cartoonist Turhan Selçuk changed, together with his predecessor, Cemal Nadir, the face of caricature of his time. His work, that covers the events of the last 60 years, from World War II to the present, is deeply anthropocentric and talks about the struggle of the individual for justice and human rights. Selçuk’s paper heroes do not represent only Turkish society, but humanity as a whole. Turkish newspapers refer to him as “the talking line”. It is precisely with this plain, yet meaningful line that he won the title of  “the father of contemporary Turkish caricature”. Comparing Selçuk’s work to Chekhov’s literary oeuvre, acclaimed Turkish author Yaşar Kemal observed: “Chekhov redefined narration with his style. Selçuk achieved the same change in the genre of caricature with his new style of drawing.” The exhibition, that comprises 32 of the artist’s caricatures, is a unique opportunity for the public to get to know, up close, the work of one of the greatest caricaturists in the world today.
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