Born in 1967 in Karachi. Education in Singapore and Geneva. Cartoonist for The New York Times and the Swiss newspapers Le Temps and NZZ am Sonntag. Author of numerous stories in comics, as well as an animated documentary. Chappatte coordinates and organizes the “Crossed Pens” projects.
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United States


CONTEXT: The USA, one of the last industrial democracies that have not abolished the death penalty - PROJECT: Death row inmates were asked to draw and paint their daily life and experiences in prison - RESULT: “Windows On Death Row”, a one of a kind exhibition sampling works from U.S. editorial cartoonists and from inmates, meant to start a conversation on capital punishment - VISIT THE WEBSITE


CONTEXT: Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the countries with the most homicides and highest levels of corruption in the world – PROJECT: Workshop in Guatemala City, exhibition, public discussion – RESULT: An original wall calendar distributed to schools and NGOs in the three countries – PLUS: A Swiss dimension: exhibition and discussion in Geneva and Morges


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The Project
The murder rates in Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala over the past decade put these countries at the top of the world tables for violence. As many die on their streets as in Iraq or Afghanistan. A war is going on – that nobody talks about.

Crime runs from the top of the ladder, where the drug cartels use their economic and political weight against the state, right down to the neighbourhood gangs that are frequently controlled by two large rival groups, the Mara Salvatrucha and the 18. Violence has its roots in social inequality and exclusion. "Crossed Pens" wanted to turn the spotlight on Central America, this "black hole", as Chappatte puts it.

With the help of the Swiss Embassy in Guatemala City, Chappatte brought together fellow cartoonists from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala for an event entitled "Violence and corruption" in March 2012. This comprised a professional workshop with expert input, a roving exhibition and a public round-table discussion. A wall calendar was produced that was widely distributed by the Swiss Embassy to NGOs and schools in the three countries.

The Swiss dimension
In March 2013 two events were held that brought the situation in Central America to the attention of the Swiss public. In Geneva the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights organised a special evening at which the documentary film "Alma", the confessions of a former gangster, was shown to a full house. This was followed by a discussion with the cartoonists Fo (Guatemala), McDonald (Honduras) and Alecus (El Salvador), moderated by Chappatte. At the same time, in Morges, the Maison du dessin de presse (Editorial Cartoon Museum) presented an exhibition by 12 political cartoonists from Central America.




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Born in 1957 in Guatemala. Studies in architecture. Since 1986, cartoonist for the national newspaper Prensa Libre with weekly drawings, which became daily drawings since 1992. Regularly participates in international press cartoon festivals.
Alfredo Morales
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Born in 1944 in Guatemala. From 1976 to 1996, cartoonist for El Gráfico. Since 1996, for El Periódico. Also teaches at the Central American School of Journalism. Received the prestigious medal Mon Crayòn, Guatemala, for all his satirical work.
José Manuel Chacón
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Teacher, architect and cartoonist, Filochofo worked for 15 years for the Guatemalan newspapers Siglo XXI and El Periódico before becoming a victim of censorship and being fired. Since then, he publishes cartoon collections. Winner of several awards.
Julio César Castillo Carpio
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La Matraca, which means the rattle, was born in 1980 in Guatemala. Self-taught, he defines himself as a street caricaturist. Works for the daily Al Día, where he draws cartoons, as well as for The Sunday Supplement La Matraca.
Pablo Piloña
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Born in 1962 in Mexico. Studied Visual Arts at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Moved to El Salvador, where he drew for El Diario de Hoy, as well as for the Guatemalan newspaper Siglo XXI. Received several awards for his satirical work in El Salvador, Europe and the United States.
Ricardo Clement
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Born in Honduras in 1970, first newspaper cartoon published at the age of 9 years (!), Hired at the age of 13 by the independent newspaper La Prensa. Since 1986, draws for El Heraldo (Honduras). Winner of the Caricature Award of Honduras several times and of the National Award of the UNICEF press.
Norman Allan Sauceda
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Born in La Libertad, El Salvador. Medical studies and then graphic art studies. Specialized in animation in Italy. Cartoonist and illustrator for the Salvadoran newspapers El Diario de Hoy, La Prensa Grafica and El Faro. Winner of several drawing and poetry awards.
Otto Mezza
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Born in 1967 in Karachi. Education in Singapore and Geneva. Cartoonist for The New York Times and the Swiss newspapers Le Temps and NZZ am Sonntag. Author of numerous stories in comics, as well as an animated documentary. Chappatte coordinates and organizes the “Crossed Feathers” projects.
Patrick Chappatte
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Né au Honduras en 1970, premier dessin de presse publié à l’âge de 9 ans ( !), engagé à l’âge de 13 par le journal indépendant La Prensa. Depuis 1986, dessine pour El Heraldo (Honduras). Lauréat du prix de la Caricature du Honduras à plusieurs reprises, ainsi que le prix national de la presse UNICEF.
Walter Salomón Arévalo


CONTEXT: Behind the power struggles looms the spectre of ethnic confrontation – PROJECT: Workshop in Nairobi, drawing contest, exhibition and public debate – RESULT: cartoons to raise awareness – PLUS: A Swiss dimension: exhibition and gatherings in Geneva, Morges and Bern


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The Project
In 2007, in the context of a disputed presidential election in Kenya, a political battle between supporters of President Mwai Kibaki and his challenger, Raila Odinga, developed into a war between the Kikuyu and Luo tribes. It appeared that the poison of ethnicity, being spread by politicians, would prevail. Mediation by Kofi Annan led to a power-sharing arrangement.

In January 2010, when these events were still fresh, Chappatte and the Swiss Embassy in Nairobi brought together eight Kenyan cartoonists from all sides for a workshop, a public discussion and an exhibition entitled "Ethnicity and the quest for a Kenyan national identity". A drawing competition for young people was also held.

At the workshop, Chappatte put a challenge to his eight colleagues: everyone had two days to produce an original cartoon that would be captured on video. Used in an awareness-raising campaign in the country, these video clips are meant to be thought provoking – while raising smiles.

The Swiss dimension
Invited to exhibit at the “Morges-sous-rire” comedy festival in June 2010, the Kenyan cartoonists had the opportunity for exchanges with their Swiss counterparts and presented their work to the Swiss President Doris Leuthard. They were also received in Geneva by Kofi Annan, a key figure in the Kenyan crisis.


The video below combines the clips filmed as part of the project in Kenya. To see each video individually, click here.


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Born August 6, 1969 in Dar es Salaam. Studied architecture. Since 1992 worked as a freelancer for Tanzanian newspapers Daily News, Business Times and The Express, before becoming the star-cartoonist of the Daily Nation of Nairobi. Published in the international press.
Godfrey Mwampembwa
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Graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts Buruburu of Nairobi. Cartoonist for Standard Group, publisher of the oldest newspaper in Kenya. Also collaborates with the New People, an international catholic magazine. Won prizes and awards both locally and internationally..
Eric Ngammau
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Born in 1977, Victor Ndula began his career as cartoonist with freelancing. He is the editorial cartoonist for the newspaper The Star.
Victor Ndula
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Alphonso Omondi Oketch was born in 1983, workes for The Star in Nairobi.
Alphone Omondi
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Born on 26 October 1983 in Kenya. Diploma of Buruburu Institute of Fine Arts (BIFA) in Nairobi and an animation school. Worked for newspapers such as The Daily Kenya Times, The Sunday Times Newspapers and the Sudan Mirror.
Finlay Omayio
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Born in 1979, draws for The Standard in Nairobi.
Kennedy Kaburu
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Born in 1986. Works for The Standard.
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Samuel Muigai, Born in 1981, draws for The Daily Nation.
Samuel Muigai
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Born in 1980, freelance cartoonist whose work is published in The Kenya Times.
Festus Mateso
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Born in 1972, works for the Kenyan newspaper The East African. He was the local organizer of “Crossed Feathers”.
Patrick Gathara


CONTEXT: Is it possible to be a Lebanese citizen in a country dominated by confessionalism? – PROJECT: Workshop, exhibition and discussions in Beirut – RESULT: Cartoonists from across the political spectrum published collectively in the Lebanese press – PLUS: A Swiss dimension: exhibition and discussions in Geneva, Morges and Bern


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The project
Divided by its history and along religious lines, and set in a geopolitical region fraught with tensions, Lebanon is an attempt at living together that is under constant threat. "Crossed Pens" set out to ask Lebanese about what divides them, what unites them, and what makes them fellow citizens, despite everything.

In March 2009, with the support of the FDFA and the Swiss Embassy in Beirut, the cartoonist Chappatte invited eight Lebanese colleagues from across the political spectrum to attend a workshop. Each signed three original drawings on the topics of clans and politics, confessionalism and rules for living together. These drawings gave rise to something unprecedented – works by all the cartoonists featured together over three days in some ten Beirut newspapers, including As Safir, An Nahar, L’Orient Le Jour, and The Daily Star.

In addition to this strongly symbolic gesture, a vernissage and round-table discussion were held at a theatre in central Beirut, bringing together cartoonists and the public. Overcoming barriers of politics and confessionalism, a collaborative artistic event was staged in the land of the cedars.

The Swiss dimension
The Swiss public was familiarised with the complex political situation in Lebanon in June of the same year, at an exhibition at the “Morges-sous-rire” comedy festival. The four Lebanese cartoonists present – Hassan Bleibel, Saad Hajo, Stavro Jabra and Jean Machaalani – were received by Federal Councillor Pascal Couchepin in Bern.


These are the drawings by the eight Lebanese cartoonists, published simultaneously over three days on the same page in some ten Lebanese papers. Their work evokes the grip the clans have on politics, the burden of confessionalism, the lack of environmental awareness, and the foreign influences on Lebanon – but also the pleasure of living together.
An Nahar
L’Orient-Le Jour
L’Orient-Le Jour
Ad Diya
Al Moustaqbal
As Safir
Al Anwar
Al Balad, The Daily Star
An Nahar


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Diploma of Interior Design at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in 1989. Draws since 1994 for the daily An-Nahar. Homsi also publishes the weekly supplement Nahar Al Chabab and the magazine Noun. Regular exhibitions and publications abroad.
Armand Homsi
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Born in 1964. Graduated in architecture from the University of Damascus. Worked until 2012 for the Lebanese newspaper Al-Mustaqbal. Exhibitions in Lebanon, the Arab world and Europe. Publications in the international press.
Hassan Bleibel
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Born in 1974, studied architecture at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in Beirut, and became famous as a graffiti and street artist. Currently working as a freelance illustrator and painter. Published in the daily An Nahar.
Benoit Debbane
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Ad Diyar is a newspaper cartoonist. He said: "Even if we have bigger liberties than in other countries in the Middle East, red lines that cannot be crossed also exist in Lebanon"
Elie Saliba
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Born in 1947 in Beirut. Cartoonist from the age of 20, he is still working for the newspapers Al Balad Ad-Dabbour, La Revue du Liban and The Daily Star. Published and awarded internationally, he exhibited around the world.
Stavro Jabra
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Born in 1968 in Damascus. Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts. Since 1995, he draws for the As-safir newspaper and is published in many international newspapers.
Saad Hajo
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Cartoonist of the Lebanese newspaper Al-Anwar. Great figure of the Lebanese caricature, just like Pierre Sadek. He died in 2013 .
Jean Machaalani
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Born in Zahle in 1938. Graduate of Fine Arts. Worked for newspapers like Al Amal, Al Anwar, An-Nahar, Ad-Diyar and Assayad magazine - which fired him for a caricature of Naser. In 1986, first cartoonist in Lebanon to draw for the evening news. Appointed Commander of the National Order of the Cedar in 2012, he died April 24, 2013.
Pierre Sadek


CONTEXT: A country divided along political and ethnic lines and at risk of civil war – PROJECT: Cartoonists from rival newspapers in Abidjan come together to work on a joint project – RESULT: Cartoon collections that explain the crisis – PLUS: A Swiss dimension – exhibition and debate in Geneva and Morges


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The Project
In 2006 Ivory Coast was split in two: rebels opposed to the presidency of Laurent Gbagbo held the northern half of a country torn apart by political ambitions, economic interests and clan loyalties. Today those rebels are in charge in Abidjan, and Gbagbo has been handed over to face international justice. But the resentment remains.

Reflecting the state of the country, the Ivorian press has often been divided, stirring up the hostility of one side against the other. Editorial cartoonists have been unwilling participants in this feud. This was the situation in March 2006 when a local cultural agency supported by the Swiss Embassy in Abidjan invited the cartoonist Chappatte to host a workshop of Ivorian cartoonists as well as a series of public round tables. The resulting collection of drawings, "On va où là" ("Where are we heading?"), is a satirical view of the crisis in Ivory Coast. A follow-up volume was published in 2012.

A dialogue in the "Crossed Pens" series was initiated - a dialogue in the sense of a lively exchange of views and of witty observations.

The Swiss dimension
The Swiss public were able to view the interaction between these Ivorian cartoonists at the "Morges sous rire" press cartoon festival in June 2006. The works produced, volumes 1 and 2, were then presented at the Geneva Book and Press Fair, which devoted exhibitions, discussions and gatherings to them. This was a chance for the Swiss to discover there is more to Ivory Coast than cocoa beans.


The two volumes of "Where are we heading?" containing the cartoons produced for the Ivory Coast project, will soon be available to download from this site.
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Regularly published by Le Courrier International, Reportères Sans Frontière and Jeune Afrique. Co-creator, director and cartoonist of the satirical weekly Gbich!, He is also chairman of the association of cartoonists in the Ivory Coast.
Lassane Zohoré
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Head-cartoonist of the weekly Gbich! and contributor to the daily Le Courrier d'Abidjan since 2004. Was winner of best screenplay at the Comics Festival Coco Bubble in 2001.
Gudé Carlos Liadé
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Graduated in Fine Arts in Abidjan, he draws for Gbich! and the newspaper Le Temps d'Abidjan, after debuting his career for Le Jour, Le Reflet and Le Populaire. In 2004, he represents the Ivory Coast in a festival in Cameroon. Exhibitions in Africa and Europe.
G. Thierry
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Graphic designer, he has worked for newspapers such as Gbich! or Yafohi and various festivals, like Coco bubbles or the comic festival in Sierre. Currently cartoonist for the daily newspapers Nord-Sud and Gbich!
Eric Dago
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Collaborator of Gbich! and the Ivorian youth supplement Planète, he created many cartoon characters and animated series, such as Filo and Zofy created by Zohoré between 2000 and 2005. Ben worked for the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF) as an illustrator.
Ben Sylla
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Scriptwriter and journalist. In 1991, he left the university to devote himself to drawing, especially of cartoons, by co-founding the Gbich! magazine with Zohoré.
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Born in 1964, graduate from and teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Abidjan, he joined Gbich! in 1999 as associate editor and cartoonist. Created the serie " Les habits presque neufs du président " which portrays Laurent Gbagbo. Numerous international awards.
Mendozza Y Caramba
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Cartoonist for Gbich!, he began his career in 1990 by creating the Jo'Bleck character for the daily Actuel. Jo’Bleck is a patented Don Juan figure withhuge success.
Karlos Guédégou
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A graduate from the center of artistic painting of Abengourou in 1988, he drew comics for the daily Fraternité Matin, after working for the Démocrate, L'Aurore and Nouveau rêve. In 2000, he joined Gbich! where he is responsible for the photo story section.
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BD Festival Coco Bubbles organizer in Ivory Coast, he was the instigator of this workshop in 2006 and invited Patrick Chappatte to animate it. He also edited " On va où là ? " Volumes 1 and 2, collections of cartoons on the Ivorian crisis of the “Crossed Feathers” workshop.
Olvis Dabley



In 2003 Serbia emerged from 12 years of bloody war that broke apart the communist former Yugoslavia. Its ousted leader, Slobodan Milosevic, had been handed over to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Indicted over its particular responsibility for the conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo, Serbia was waking up from its nationalistic nightmare. It envisaged a new future in Europe but still found it difficult to face up to its recent past.

At that time the Swiss Embassy in Belgrade came up with the bold initiative to organise a press cartoon exhibition on the wars in Yugoslavia. In place of words that injure and divide, it sought to achieve an exchange of views in the form of drawings, and to call for an examination of the country's recent history – without appearing to do so.

Held in a gallery in central Belgrade, the exhibition bringing together Corax, a leading Serbian caricaturist and Milosevic opponent, and Patrick Chappatte, a Swiss cartoonist working for the international press, attracted 1,000 visitors daily. A round-table discussion held in the gallery was an opportunity for informative and lively debate.

This simple idea, to use cartoon drawing to facilitate discussion in a conflict setting, was to form the basis of all the "Crossed Pens" projects.



Pregrag Koraksić
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Né en 1933 à Čačak en Serbie. Fils d’un resistant serbe tué pendant la deuxième guerre mondiale. Il a commencé sa carrière de dessinateur professionnel dans le journal Jež en 1950. Il a travaillé pour Vecernje novosti d’où il fut expulsé suite à une décision de justice. En 2004, il reçut la légion d’honneur française.
Il publie encore ses caricatures aujourd’hui dans différentes publications et notamment sur internet.
Patrick Chappatte
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Né en 1967 à Karachi. Education à Singapour et Genève. Dessinateur pour The International New York Times et les journaux suisses Le Temps et NZZ am Sonntag. Auteur de nombreux reportages en bande dessinée, ainsi que d’un documentaire animé. Chappatte coordonne et organise les projets Plumes croisées.


Below is a selection of newspaper articles (in French) on this "Crossed Pens" project: