Art And Unity For Social Change

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World-renowned Cameroonian artist and political cartoonist Issa Nyaphaga will be hosting an exhibition of his art. A journalist in Cameroon in the 1990s, Issa was jailed and tortured for his political cartoons in 1994 and was later forced to flee to country. After living in France for 10 years working with Charlie Hebdo, (the French satirical newspaper of recent terrorist attacks), he began using his art to raise funds for development projects in his remote home village of Nditam. With his non-profit organization, Hope International For Tikar People he has brought wheelchairs, fresh water wells and solar panels to the village and now he is going back to build a community radio station to educate villagers about AIDS, gay rights and women’s issues. This region in the equatorial rainforest, has no running water, no electricity, no hospital and no public news service. By training local people to be citizen journalists and report on local issues, this form of public education can improve health and human rights and fight isolation.

Now based in Santa-Fe New Mexico, Issa shares his experiences and skills an artist, teaching art to people of all ages, as well as building connections between people across continents.

Issa will be in Pittsburgh May 1st - 5th, displaying his art and leading various workshops throughout the weekend. The exhibit will also feature images of village life by local photographer Oumarou Mebouack.
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