Comics
Picture Politics

  • Halfdan Pisket - Denmark - Changing the picture Illustration (detail): © Halfdan Pisket
    Halfdan Pisket - Denmark - Changing the picture
  • Hanneriina Moisseinen - Finland - Changing the picture 1 Illustration (detail): © Hanneriina Moisseinen
    H. Moisseinen - Finland - Changing the picture 1
  • Hamet Eshrat - Germany - Changing the picture 4 (Denmark Workshop) Illustration (detail): © Hamet Eshrat
    Hamet Eshrat - Germany - Changing the picture 4 (Denmark Workshop)
  • Arifur Rahman - Norwegen - Changing the picture Illustration (detail): © Arifur Rahman
    Arifur Rahman - Norwegen - Changing the picture
  • Fergal McCarthy - Ireland - Changing the picture 1 Illustration (detail): © Fergal McCarthy
    Fergal McCarthy - Ireland - Changing the picture 1
  • Aino Sutinen - Finland - Changing the picture 2 Illustration (detail): © Aino Sutinen
    Aino Sutinen - Finland - Changing the picture 2
  • Mika Lietzén - Finland - Changing the picture 2 Illustration (detail): © Mika Lietzén
    Mika Lietzén - Finland - Changing the picture 2
  • Elke Renate Steiner - Norway - Changing the picture 1 Illustration (detail): © Elke Renate Steiner
    Elke Renate Steiner - Norway - Changing the picture 1
  • Mia Mottelson - Denmark - Changing the picture Illustration (detail): © Mia Mottelson
    Mia Mottelson - Denmark - Changing the picture
  • Hamet Eshrat - Germany - Changing the picture 9 Illustration (detail): © Hamet Eshrat
    Hamet Eshrat - Deutschland - Changing the picture 9
  • Karstein Volle - Norway - Changing the picture Illustration (detail): © Karstein Volle
    Karstein Volle - Norway - Changing the picture
  • Alex Klobouk - Gemany - Changing the picture 3: Echochamber Illustration (detail): © Alex Klobouk
    Alex Klobouk - Gemany - Changing the picture 3: Echochamber
  • Ida Neverdahl - Norway - Changing the picture Illustration (detail): © Ida Neverdahl
    Ida Neverdahl - Norway - Changing the picture
  • Sofie Louise Dam - Denmark - Changing the picture Illustration (detail): © Sofie Louise Dam
    Sofie Louise Dam - Denmark - Changing the picture
  • Karolina Chyzewska - Norway - Changing the picture Illustration (detail): © Karolina Chyzewska
    Karolina Chyzewska - Norway - Changing the picture
  • Karrie Fransman - Scotland - Changing the picture 10 Illustration: © Karrie Fransman
    Karrie Fransman - Scotland - Changing the picture 10
  • Hannele Richert - Finland - Changing the picture 1 Illustration (detail): © Hannele Richert
    Hannele Richert - Finland - Changing the picture 1
  • Øyvind Sagåsen - Norway - Changing the picture 1 Illustration (detail): © Øyvind Sagåsen
    Øyvind Sagåsen - Norway - Changing the picture 1
  • William Goldsmith - Scotland - Changing the picture 3 Illustration (detail): © William Goldsmith
    William Goldsmith - Scotland - Changing the picture 3
  • Sara Granér - Sweden - Changing the picture 4 Illustration (detail): © Sara Granér
    Sara Granér - Sweden - Changing the picture 4

Project Description

The refugee crisis has inflamed populistic and extreme right-wing tendencies in multiple parts of Europe. A spreading xenophobia pushes stereotypes of the unknown as a posing threat, which constantly appears in public discourse and media. This seemingly lasting trend shows similarities among north-western European countries while, at the same time, major differences apply.

Picture Politics provides an online platform for cartoonists, comic artists and illustrators where they express their opinions on fears and prejudices in form of comics. How do their perspectives relate to or differ from each other? What can be learnt from each counterpart?

The format – easily available and strong images with short texts – is suitable to convey clear but not simple messages. Inspired by German project Bildkorrekturen the Goethe-Institutes in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, United Kingdom and Ireland organized workshops and exchanges between artists from those countries and Germany in the end of 2016 to promote a faceted and open discourse – and, eventually, to raise the question on how to shape the future of our societies.

All pictures are subject to a CC-license (Creative Commons). Sharing and using the pictures is not only permitted but explicitly encouraged.

The Illustrations

The artists

The partaking Goethe-Instituts have handpicked comic artists from Ireland, United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Germany. Each artist was asked to contribute with ca. five panels. They were given relatively free hands in regard to choosing their particular topic approach and the format of their drawings.

Along with their work, they produced a short personal text about their subject or story as well as short biographies.