Migration, terrorism, elections, the FIFA scandal... the past year had no shortage of topics to inspire Swiss cartoonists.
Since 2008, around 50 Swiss cartoonists have presented their work as part of the exhibition Gezeichnetexternal link. This year for the first time the exhibition can be seen at Bern’s Museum of Communicationexternal link.
Members of the public are invited to vote for the cartoon of the year. The exhibit will also try to break down the cultural barriers between Switzerland's four language regions.
“Swiss cartoons aren’t as spectacular as those of Britain or France, but for around 40 years there have been a multitude of outstanding caricaturists who also address international issues,” said art historian Philippe Kaenel in a swissinfo.ch article about satire. These include artists like Chappatte, whose cartoons appear regularly in prestigious newspapers like the New York Times, or Mix & Remix, whose drawings are often published by Le Courrier International.
Although 2015 was a year full of events that inspired cartoonists, it marked an especially tragic year in the annals of satire with the January attack on the editorial offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
(Text: Daniele Mariani, swissinfo.ch)