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EU-funded ‘Women in Comics’ exhibition kicks off

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Maria Hadjitheodosiou, EU ambassador to Jordan, speaks at the opening of Comic Weeks (Photo: Petra)
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AMMAN — The second edition of “Comic Weeks” kicked off Tuesday evening under the theme “Women in Comics”. The EU-funded event will run from November 2 to 14 at the Ras Al-Ain Hangar.اضافة اعلان

The exhibition of comic art is organized by the European Union National Institute for Culture (EUNIC) in cooperation with the embassies of Belgium and Spain and the Cervantes Institute, in partnership with Greater Amman Municipality.

“This particular exhibition, focusing on women in comics, shows how comics are developed by women artists or how comics have developed, including the way women are written, drawn, or treated as characters,” said Maria Hadjitheodosiou, EU ambassador to Jordan.

This year the exhibition aims to celebrate the history of comic art and its role in society, its universal appeal, and to discuss how it is portrayed as a popular means of expression by showcasing European art and culture.
The illustrations were created by some of Europe’s most renowned comic artists. The exhibition aims to encourage cultural dialogue and to highlight cultural cooperation between Europe and Jordan.

“We are very happy to be able to celebrate European culture in the form of comics, as Europe has a long history in comics and cartoon illustrations. Comics can serve as a universal language that creates bridges between Europe and Jordan and bring their cultures closer,” Hadjitheodosiou said.

This year’s theme is particularly timely, she said, as the world marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25. “The European Union has always and will continue to promote and be outspoken about gender equality and women’s rights, including through art in all its forms — comics in this case,” Hadjitheodosiou said.

The event will also feature two workshops hosted by the organizing EU embassies. The Embassy of Spain and the Cervantes Institute invited critically acclaimed and renowned Spanish illustrators and writers Paco Roca and Laura Pérez Granel to hold a workshop in the first week of the exhibition.

The Embassy of Belgium invited Juliette Boutant, one of Belgium’s most prominent comic artists, to conduct a workshop for school students in the second week of the exhibition to ignite their imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers.

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