‘Silent’ cartoons hit gallery
IT’S all in the drawing. The Silent Room Cartoon Exhibition is on from November 12 to 15 at the Think Art Gallery. Why silent? Because none of the cartoons have a caption. The exhibition features 86 artists, of whom 10 have been designated master cartoonists. All have come together this year through social media.
Of the over 90 works on show, some are computergenerated and some are hand-drawn. They are on sale for K100,000 or K200,000 depending whether they were drawn by master cartoonists or the ordinary kind. The cartoons will be published in a book once the exhibition is over.
“Captionless cartoons are harder to draw than cartoons with captions. I’ve contributed some, but there are a wide range of works on view from our contributors,” said cartoonist Hatt Kawat.
Exhibition organiser ATH said, “I created the Facebook page to help bring cartoonists together. We post our creations every couple of weeks on an agreed theme. I hoped we will be able to present an exhibition every year, both here and overseas.
“This Silent Room exhibition is our group’s first activity. I created the playground image for the exhibition because we have no playgrounds for our children,” he added.
“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is providing the country with good leadership, but some of her followers are going about it the wrong way,” said cartoonist Thein Tun Oo. “That’s why my cartoons reflect the current situation. I’ve drawn many commercial cartoons, but there is more freedom in contributing to an exhibition like this.”
The cartoons on exhibit at Think Art Gallery omit captions, offering visitors a chance to interpret as they see fit.