Sex supplants politics
Love, outer space and the struggles of life occupy caricaturists' attention
12 April, 2018
Sex, love and the struggles of life are pushing out politics from Bulgarian cartoons, has revealed the guild's national exhibition. The event was opened by Ivaylo Tsvetkov, head of the Caricature Department with the Union of Bulgarian Artists and a EUROPOST cartoonist. “Some 47 authors participate in this 43rd national exhibition. They represent different genders, ages and religions, we also have two foreigners. What stands out is that politics is plummeting down the order of themes explored. There is very little politics in the mix now, people are more interested in timeless topics such as love and the outer space. There are also profoundly erotic caricatures and many cartoon portrait take-offs. For the first time in many years the event features small sculptures,” Tsvetkov explains. He says that the diversity of excellent caricatures to choose from was so great that even a much larger exhibition space would not have been enough. “It is always hectic with us. Of course, nowadays newspapers are the biggest platform for cartoons. These deal with front-burner issues, while the other kind, the gallery variety, are submitted to competitions and win international awards. The important thing is that we are getting back to the so-called timeless topics like love and the outer space,” Ivaylo Tsvetkov shares. He is a master of cartoons focusing on the pressing issues of the day as well as of caricature portrait take-offs, as evidenced by his work for the EUROPOST.
Ivaylo Tsvetkov's cartoon portrait take-offs.
Erotic and family caricatures by filmmaker Jackie Stoev.
Timeless topics through the eyes of Veselin Zidarov (L) and Cvetan Pavlov’s cartoon.