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Joe Sacco: Comics Journalist
7 November 2015 – 24 April 2016| CHF9
SWITZERLAND | The Cartoonmuseum in Basel is the first museum in Europe to present a cross-section of the many works of Joe Sacco a Maltese journalist and cartoonist living in the USA who has received many awards for his original comics journalism.
The exhibition comprises more than 150 original drawings, from Sacco’s autobiographical and political early works, to his well-known reports “Palestine”, “Safe Area Goražde” and “Footnotes in Gaza”, and his latest satirical work.
Several original drawings from his panorama of the Battle of the Somme (World War I) published in 2014, are a particular highlight of the exhibition.
Winning New Audiences
Joe Sacco is now well known for reviving “comics journalism” in Graphic Novels or Graphic Documentaries to be more precise. Today, he is considered the most important representative of the genre. He has broadened the scope of comics and won new audiences.
He reports from conflict zones with insight in parts of the world where discrimination, hate, persecution, and war are ever-present. His books voice the suffering of those in violent conflicts.
The raw material for Sacco’s reports consists mainly of interviews conducted on site, and supplemented by intense research, sketches and photographs.
The documentary narrative is developed out of statements and testimonials and then translated into a series of drawings.
His characters are stylized, drawn in clear line, while the backgrounds are rendered in a more realistic way.
Illustration: A detail from the front cover of Palestine by Joe Sacco (1996).
The photograph shown right is of the delightful Cartoonmuseum in Basel.
An opening for this exhibiton will take place on 6 November 2015 at 6.30pm.