Sun 29 October 2017, 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Pen is Funnier than the Sword
Sanctuary, First Congregational United Church of Christ
Political Cartoonist and Artist
Political Cartoons, Islamaphobia, Immigration & Racial Justice in America: The Pen is Funnier than the Sword
Bendib’s work is drawn with a sense of humor that invites viewers to see themselves and their society, to laugh, and then to consider what justice might mean to, and for, the underdog. An Algerian by birth, Bendib lived in France, Algeria, and Morocco prior to immigrating to the United States at age 20; he earned his Master’s Degree at the University of Southern California in 1982 where his political cartoons were published in the Daily Trojan and where he also studied sculpture and ceramics.
The cartoons of the award winning Berkeley-based artist have been published in major newspapers including the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. They are also featured weekly in dozens of small and mid-sized newspapers nationwide, the artist having decided to distance himself from corporate mainstream media.
His cartoons are in both public and private collections internationally and he has sculpted a number of public monuments. His books include Mission Accomplished: Wicked Cartoons by America’s Most Wanted Political Cartoonist (2007) and Too Big to Fail (2014), as well as two graphic novels, Zaire’s Paradise (2011) and Verax (2017). Bendib also co-hosts a weekly one-hour radio program called Voices of the Middle East and North Africa on Pacifica Radio station KPFA, Berkeley.
The exhibition runs from October 1 until November 26, 2017.
Co-sponsored by World Affairs Council of Oregon, Muslim Educational Trust, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and Oliver Lecture Series