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“A political cartoon is a barometer of freedom,” says Rayma Suprani, who was exiled from her native Venezuela for publishing work critical of the government. “That’s why dictators hate cartoonists.” In a talk illustrated with highlights from a career spent railing against totalitarianism, Suprani explores how cartoons hold a mirror to society and reveal hidden truths — and discusses why she keeps drawing even when it comes at a high personal cost. (In Spanish with consecutive English translation)

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34 COMMENTS

  1. Los manifestantes pacíficos:

    https://www.mintpressnews.com/venezuela-opposition-violent-assembly-vote/230494/

  2. Her story is so inspiring! Rather than letting the threats and mocking stop her, she continues to do her passion and uses it for helping others, whether it be sharing the stories of women who can't speak for themselves or spreading awareness concerning the struggles and truth behind immigration. She is so brave!

  3. As a former art student whose mother also let her draw on the wall, I really enjoyed hearing her story! I liked the part where she said, "having an opinion has a cost, and in some countries that cost is very high." Her story reminds me of the comedian, Bassem Youssef (also referred to as the "the Jon Stewart of Egypt"), who criticized the Egyptian government and was forced to cancel his satirical TV show as a result. Like Rayma, Bassem feared arrest if he stayed in his home country. He immigrated to Dubai and is now living in L.A. (and still makes videos- I definitely recommend checking him out!) Keep speaking out, and may your voice never be silenced.

  4. Simplemente brillante 💖 Gracias Rayma por ese talento y dedicación a expresar de una manera tan impecable el pulso, el sentir y realidad de la sociedad venezolana! Wow que orgullo de mujer y compatriota 👏👏💓

  5. So, there was a Spanish lesson , expressive drawings and interesting thoughts.
    But how come this Miami resident does not speak English?

  6. Cuan orgullosa me siento de gente como Rayma. Que nunca merme La potencia de su mensaje Rayma. Gracias por tu valentía tu nivel profesional y tu compromiso por la libertad de nuestro país. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  7. reflectar
    Del ingl. to reflect, y este del lat. reflectĕre 'volver hacia atrás'.

    1. tr. Fís. Dicho de una superficie lisa: Devolver la luz, el calor, el sonido o un cuerpo elástico.

  8. Que buena defensa, Rayma, de nuestro mundo venezolano a través de tu brillante trabajo. Siempre serás exitosa donde quiera que te encuentres. Dios te bendiga.

  9. Oh how I wish your exhibition could come to South Africa! We have TERRIBLE xenophobia here and I really think this would open some tightly shut eyes!!

  10. The first things that vanishes in socialism/communism are "the freedoms" (speech, thought, religion, personal direction). I am willing to bet that Rayma actually voted for Chavez back then because she bought into Chavez dream. The sad thing is, she is going to make the same mistakes now here in the US and vote (when she becomes a US Citizen) for the same type of thinking that got Venezuela in the mess they are today. It is not only her. It is quite a few Venezuelans coming to the US. Sad, ironic, disturbing…… (a Cuban, Venezuelan immigrant living in the US). LOVE the drawings. Super Cool!

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