Iranian artist’s ‘Trumpism’ cartoon a winning draw
IRANIAN artist Hadi Asadi has beaten hundreds of other contestants to win first place in a “Trumpism” cartoon contest held in Tehran – his winning caricature depicting President Donald Trump as a flamehaired man wearing a suit made of dollar bills, drooling on to a pile of books.
The competition, called the “International Trumpism Cartoon and Caricature Contest”, was announced last month.
It was set up by a group that has also organised cartoon contests on themes such as the Islamic State and the Holocaust (the group says the latter was designed to highlight double standards on free speech).
“Trump’s behaviour clearly sets out Iran’s reasons to distrust the US. Consequently, we decided to use art’s capacity for displaying the behaviour,” organiser Ali-Asghar Jafari told reporters.
“Aside from his personal characteristics, Trump has also posed different challenges to the world and treats Iran and the Islamic world unconventionally in particular.”
Asadi received $1 500 in prize money on Monday. He said he wanted to show the “money-mindedness and warmonger nature” of the US president.
Asadi’s Facebook page suggests that he created the artwork last year – and that he has produced numerous other similar caricatures over recent years, often of celebrities.
Organisers claim that artists from 75 countries took part in the contest, where 1 600 artworks were considered – including four from the US.
Many of the cartoons compared Trump to Hitler – a deliberate theme at the event, which used a logo based on the Nazi emblem.
Mocking and satirising US leaders has long been an officially sanctioned pastime in post-revolution Iran – part of a broader movement that includes annual protests outside the former US embassy in Tehran.
Although these protests had generally grown less enthusiastic in recent years, Trump’s fierce anti-Iran rhetoric seems to have reignited a desire to ridicule American leaders.
The exhibition accompanying the “Trumpism” cartoon contest opened on Monday, the day before America’s Independence Day and the 29th anniversary of the day a US fighter jet shot down an Iranian plane, killing all 290 passengers and crew members on board.
The exhibition is due to remain open for a week, with a selection of the artworks to be showcased afterwards in 11 other countries. – Washington Post
An Iranian woman looks at a cartoon mocking US President Donald Trump at an exhibition in Tehran.