"Cartooning is Contemporary art and Cartoonists are Contemporary Artists" [Kianoush at Kunsthalle Krems' Sokol award ceremony]

One of the very promising souvenir from Austria, beside all pleasure of being with colleagues, meeting new friends and brainstorming, was the very short speech I gave as the jury member of Sokol prize to remind everyone of the strong artistic side of Cartooning as the contemporary art. If all art institutions understand and approve this fact, Cartoonists can experience a very fresh new presence in the field of the contemporary arts which is the most important form in the art market of today.

This short trip to Austria indeed was a very pleasant fresh air to review my place on Earth and not only in “France”, where I’m ridiculously limited and categorised either as a “political refugee” or “political cartoonist to draw just about Iran” or in a very friendly way “a person who should find a job as a translator, because he speaks three languages” …