CAIRO: The Guest of Honor conference center at the Cairo International Book Fair hosted an exhibition for caricatures called “A world of books” on Thursday.
During the conference, a seminar was held entitled “Caricature, a witness to Egypt” in which caricaturist and fine art historian Ibrahim Henetar spoke of the history of Egyptian caricatures.
The Egyptian caricature did not originally emerge in Egypt. It was in Paris when playwright Yacoub Sanoua drew the character of the Egyptian struggling farmer. Afterwards caricatures spread in an Egyptian newspaper called “Abu Nadara” (The Man with Glasses) but it was banned in Egypt by Khedive Ismail, who was caricaturized.
Henetar said the khedive was the one who exiled Sanoua to Paris after feeling intimated by him. After Abu Nadara, sarcastic magazines started to appear in Egypt, mostly using Halamantishy prose, which combined sarcasm with slang. Henetar pointed out that the caricature was revolutionized after the 1952 coup.
This seminar was organized by Kuwait, this year’s guest of honor at the 45th Cairo International Book Fair, along with 17 other Arab countries, in an ongoing event until Feb. 6.
Originally published in Youm7.