Facing the Climate – Swedish and East African cartoonists exhibition opening in Nairobi 6 April

To illustrate Sweden’s strong commitment to climate and environment issues, the Swedish Institute launched a digital exhibition entitled Facing the Climate in which five Swedish cartoonists and their international colleagues offer some amusing and alarming reflections on the climate.

The exhibition has been shown in more than 30 countries and has attracted more than 380,000 visitors since the initiative started in 2009. The exhibition is constantly growing as new countries participate. Programme activities are arranged in conjunction with the exhibition.

For the first time, East African images from leading cartoonists in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia accompany the Swedish cartoonists. The exhibition, curated by Mr. Victor Ndula from Kenya together with Swedish cartoonist Magnus Bard, will be toured by the Swedish Foreign Missions and local partners. The Kenyan version of the exhibition opens at the Alliance Francaise, in Nairobi, 6–23 April 2017.

Water scarcity, deforestation and short-term environmental policy are topics that involve a number of cartoonists in East Africa says Magnus Bard, co-curator of the East African version shown along with 15 climate images from Swedish cartoonist Helena Lindholm, Karin Sunvisson, Love Antell, Riber Hansson and Magnus Bard.

– It is crucial that local climate problems are highlighted at each exhibition location. That is best done by artists who themselves live in that reality and know what they are talking about’ says Magnus Bard, co-curator of the East African part of the exhibition.

– Climate concerns engage people around the world. The Facing the Climate initiative offers Swedish Foreign Missions and partners a chance to collaboration and co-creation, and only then can we change and make an impact on the environment’ says Project Manager Birgitta Tennander at the Swedish Institute.

Image: Countries that Facing the Climate has been exhibited in.

For more information please contact Birgitta Tennander.