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Joost Pollmann

Arab Winter, With a Hint of Spring

the status quo of regional comics

In 2012 Joost Pollmann organized the exhibition with participating artists from nine Arab countries ‘Chouf! Qra! – Comics & cartoons in the Arab world’. The comics and cartoons he showed at the Press Museum in Amsterdam contained many references to the so-called Arab Spring that started blossoming a year earlier. By now, as we all know, this spring never managed to evolve into summer and rapidly changed into winter instead. Read the inventory he made of what the collapse of revolutionary optimism has meant for comic artists and cartoonist, and what are the ‘trends’ right now, from the Atlantic to the Gulf in our Blog.