Comic Art Europe. Ten emerging comic artists from Europe

A Global Exhibition at the Comics Art Museum in Brussels, Belgium.

In 2020 and in 2021, Comic Art Europe launched open calls regarding the themes “Visions of Tomorrow” and “Living Together”. Each time, five European artists were selected to participate in the project. From 21 September until 10 December 2023, all 10 winning European artists, who participated in one of the two calls, will be shown in a global exhibition in the Comics Art Museum in Brussels. The exhibition invites visitors to discover the works created and developed during their artistic residencies in the partner countries of Comic Art Europe, whose themes “Visions of Tomorrow” and “Living Together” encourage reflection on the issues facing the world today.


Visions of Tomorrow

As nations struggled to deal with unprecedented health, social, economic, and political unrest during a time of global pandemic, people around the world were challenged into questioning our ways of living. How did they bring us to the present situation? How could better outcomes be delivered?

In October 2020, five European artists were invited to give thought to these questions. Filipa Beleza (Portugal), Marine des Mazery (France), Karrie Fransman (United-Kingdom), Maria Surducan (Roumania) and Meikel Mathias (Germany) considered the theme Visions of Tomorrow in their works. The five projects entail curious reflections on today’s issues. Each one gives us food for thought, whether it be variations on the concept of utopia by Karrie Fransman, the work of Meikel Mathias on conspiracy theories, Filipa Beleza’s ironic perspective on youth, Maria Surducan’s twist on fairy-tales or Marine des Mazery’s ecological fight. They are all fascinating critiques of the present world, much needed if we are to move onwards and upwards to better things.


Living Together

At a time when the unimaginable has taken place and war has returned to Europe, it feels even more important than ever that we explore the challenges and manifold benefits of living together – if not in harmony, then with mutual tolerance.

In 2022, five comic book artists were invited to present projects that illustrate their interpretation of “Living Together” today. Five projects of five artists were selected: Silvia L. Ballart (Spain), Bernard Hage (Lebanon), James Albon (England), Štěpánka Jislová (Czech Republic), Eva Pavlič (Slovenia), all of whom went on residencies across Europe to develop their projects. All choose to present situations where living together could result in division or conflict. James Albon, Štěpánka Jislová and Silvia L. Ballart propose that tolerance, particularly that of younger generations, can overcome the challenge of “difference.” Even Bernard Hage’s philosopher will recover from his instinctive reaction to a flatmate’s dog destroying his research paper and Eva Pavlič’s building continues its dispassionate observation of its residents.


Comic Art Europe – Ten emerging comic artists from Europe, 21/09/2023 – 10/12/2023 at the Comics Art Museum in Brussels 

You can find all the information here on the website of the Comics Art Museum.

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