Zapatistas and zapaturistas

Some sketches from the art festival CompArte at the zapatista centre Caracol Oventic. The festival took place for a week at the campus of CIDECI with concerts, changing art shows, workshops, documentaries and theatre; and at the weekend there were performances at Oventic too.

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EZLN soldiers holding the crowd barrier

An intrigueing experience for sure. This time I had a bit more time for sketches as most people stayed put watching the performances of theatre, dance, poetry and music.

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A “bailable” dance

The girl band – like all the zapatistas, wearing Indigenous traditional dress and balaclavas – were a riot of energy and power.

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Zapatista girl band singer
bassist
Zapatista girl band bassist

As always, people couldn’t resist filming instead of watching. Or, in my case, drawing.

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Filming
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Spectators
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Ears
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EZLN soldier holding up a crowd barrier

Ethiopia field trip

coffee ceremony

Ethiopian schoolkids

These guys were watching us visit the beekeeping centre. They work for ADHENO, but Tarike is the kebede (village) manager.
These guys were watching us visit the beekeeping centre. They work for ADHENO, but Tarike is the kebede (village) manager.

The All We Can partnership conference involved a field trip to two of their Ethiopian partner organsations. I went to ADHENO’s project where they’ve spent twelve years developing conservation agriculture and reforestation. We saw beekeeping, the fuel-efficient stove workshop and the church where the project began. A great day with great people.

Graphic recording at SOCLA – relatorio gráfica SOCLA

Friday saw Development Cartoons amid professors, farmers and students, and combinations of all three, at the 5th Latinamerican Conference of Agroecology, SOCLA. I provided the graphic recording for the agroecology team from ECOSUR in Mexico during a brainstorming session about key factors of success in agroecology projects. Here’s the result!

Drawn during the 'sharing in plenary' stage of the workshop.
Drawn during the ‘sharing in plenary’ stage of the workshop.
With the ECOSUR team post-workshop
With the ECOSUR team post-workshop

Festival session in – Batman!

This month sees Development Cartoons in action in Turkey. Here are some photos from the end-of-project festival of ‘Start with Sports‘ in the delightfully named city Batman. 400 project-participant kids had to be entertained and edified and I, with Eija and Cihan on the team, ran a series of 20-minute sessions for them on ‘Drawing sports’. We used stick figures to draw action poses. The sprogs behaved admirably well and produced some expressive football, basketball and badminton drawings.

Heads down - there's only ten minutes to draw!
Heads down – there’s only ten minutes to draw!
Development Cartoons in action!
Development Cartoons in action.
Not enough space at the big tables for the whole group!
Not enough space at the big tables for the whole group…
Over-shoulder peek
Over-shoulder peek

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Drawing materials after the end of the festival.
Drawing materials after the end of the festival.