United Sketches’ board members are Artists, Activists, Historians, Journalists, Authors, Curators and Cartoonists who bring unique projects in Cartooning and also other fields of contemporary arts, journalism and Social Activism.
Born in 1982 in Sarh (Chad), Adjim Danngar published his first cartoons in cultural and satirical papers in Chad. Due to his political cartoons, he is threatened and forced to exile in 2004. Since then, he lives in Paris and is a member of « L’Afrique dessinée », a collective of african cartoonists. He took part in several exhibitions and festivals in Africa and Europe (the International Comic Books Festival of Angoulême, the Engaged Comic Books Festival of Cholet, the International Comic Books Festival of Algiers, the International meetings of press cartoons of Carquefou and Caen).
Adjim Danngar has published his work in « L’œil de l’exilé », an online magazine by La Maison des journalistes, in different medias such as France Info, Télérama and TV5 Monde and in two collective cartoon books « Dégage ! Le temps des révolutions » and « I have a dream, un nouveau monde se dessine ». He also published two collective comic books « Thembi et Jetje, tisseuses de l’arc-en-ciel » in 2011 and « Sommets d’Afrique » in 2013.
- Location: Paris
- Website: Link
Ann Telnaes is the president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 and has also been recognized by the National Headliner Awards and the National Press Foundation.
- Location: United States
Jaume Capdevila [KAP]
Kap (Jaume Capdevila) Berga, (Barcelona, Spain) 1974.
Editorial cartoonist in La Vanguardia since 1996, and El Mundo Deportivo since 1997. Also contributor in other papers and magazines around the world as El Triangle, Courrier International, Siné Mensuel, L’Antitempo, or Cartoonmovement
Bachelor of Fine Arts in the University of Barcelona, has published some books with his cartoons and political caricatures. Among others, awarded the International Gat Perich Humor Prize, one of the most important awards to a cartoonist in Spain. Founder of Cartoonists Without Borders and member of Cartooning for Peace.
Kap, is also a specialist in satirical spanish press of the XIX and XX centuries, and author or co-author of many works about the history of Spanish cartoon, caricature and many subjects referring to humorous drawing.
- Location: Barcelona
Kat Roma Greer
Kat has trained in voice, theatre and performance-making for over 18 years and has been actively working with young and emerging artists for over 12 years. Kat studied Theatre, Classical Singing and English Literature in Australia – obtaining a Bachelor of Creative Arts; Bachelor of English Literature and her Master of Arts (Research) in Performance Studies. Kat has a strong interest in contemporary creation practices and her thesis focused on emerging, urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and opportunities available for the development of a sustainable creative presence. She creatively leads the international Micro Galleries initiative, is on the board for Sydney alternative arts space, The Red Rattler and was recently named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence for 2015, and one of the top 10 in Culture. Kat is currently based between Hong Kong and Australia and works as a performance-maker and creator of public art disruptions that focus on positive social change.
- Location: Hong Kong | Australia
Founder & President of United Sketches
Iranian Artist and Activist living and working in Paris since 2009 as a political refugee.
His editorial cartoons appears in Courrier International and other national and International media in France and other countries such as Guardian, Arte, Iran Human Rights, etc.
- Location: Paris
Louise C. Larsen
Louise C. Larsen is an art historian, mag.art. She specialized in cartooning from the first year at university, cataloguing 6000 cartoons by Hans Bendix at The Royal Library. In 2000 she was co-founder and member of the board of the Museum of Danish Cartoon Art situated at The Royal Library in Copenhagen and as a member of the board of Danish Comics Council she facilitated the transition of The Storm P Museum to a museum specializing in comics in 2012. She organized the archives at the National Museum of Art in Copenhagen and The Nivaagaard Collection of Paintings, writing Samling med egen Rembrandt (2006) on the founding of the collection. She has written and spoken extensively on Danish and international political cartooning and runs the blog valdemarandersen.blogspot.com on the subject. She was awarded the Svarres Legat in 2015.
- Location: Denmark
- Website: Link
Marlene Rigler (* Vienna, Austria, 1979) is an arts theorician and curator with academic background in Aesthetics, Media and Contemporary Literature. She holds university degrees of Sorbonne, Paris and postgraduate (phd) degrees of Institut de Sciences Politiques Grenoble, France, as well as Karl-Franzens Universität Graz, Austria.
After a year-long curatorial training at P.S. 1 MOMA –Contemporary Art Centre New York in 2003, she moved to Paris to collaborate with curator Hou Hanru in implementing the exhibition « Zone of Urgency » at Venice Biennial 2003’s Arsenale section. From 2005 to 2007, Marlene Rigler was in charge of temporary exhibitions at the newly founded Mémorial de la Shoah Museum in Paris (www.memorialdelashoah.og). In December 2007, she joined the Brussels-based centre for media art, Argos (www.argosarts.org), where she curated and organised group exhibitions and video-screenings on a world-wide basis. From October 2009 until December 2012, M. Rigler held the position of artistic director of Platform3 – Spaces for contemporary art in Munich, Germany (www.platform3.de). There, she conceived and led a training programme for young arts professionals, providing them with hands-on-experience and expertise in fundraising, PR, finances and exhibition-making. From May, 2013 to May 2015, she was the founding director of the new art centre “Le 116” in the East of Paris, developing a new type of collaborative, international art institution. Besides her institutional engagements, she works on a series of artistically and civically engaged projects throughout Europe and co-directs the non-profit art space khiasma (www.khiasma.org) in the periphery of Paris. M. Rigler has received numerous grants, most recently the fellowship of Goethe Institute and FRAME Finland.
- Location: Germany
Thierry Vissol is an economist, historian, essayist and itinerant lecturer. He is presently Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre LIBREXPRESSION, Foundation Giuseppe Di Vagno, in Conversano and Rome (Italy). Created mid-2017, the Centre promotes freedom of expression and political satire, through various activities.
He had, up to end 2016, a double career of academic (teaching and researching in various universities in France, Belgium and USA) and civil servant for the EU Commission, where he had for 22 years responsibilities linked to the European monetary Union and to the change over to the euro, then of the Commission’s audiovisual policy.
In all its activities (as civil servant, academic researcher, teacher), he attached a large importance to images (photos, painting, cartoons, caricature) and poetry that he considers essential to understand and better explain an epoch or a problem. Many of his publications are therefore illustrated with cartoons and organized, professionally or privately, international illustrated exhibitions on the history of money, revolution, and political cartoons.
In 2011, he created, in cooperation with the weekly magazine Internazionale, in Italy a yearly competition of political cartoons on EU policies: “A cartoon for Europe”.
He is the author of numerous books and essays as well as catalogues of the exhibitions of which he was curator
- Location: Italy
- Location: Switzerland