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Cartoonist Alizadeh, translating world into humor
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By Tamara Ebrahimpour, Press TV, Tehran
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Javad Alizadeh
By Tamara Ebrahimpour, Press TV, Tehran


Javad Alizadeh is a celebrated Iranian cartoonist whose works have been published in numerous international newspapers and magazines.

He is a member of the international Cartoonists and Writers Syndicate and a former editor of the Witty World cartoon publication. He is currently a member of Poland's Good Humor Party.

Alizadeh has received numerous national and international awards, including the First Prize of the 1990 Anglet Festival, the first prize of the 2007 Ankara cartoon festival and the Silver date prize of Italy's 1996 Bordigehra cartoon festival.

He has also attended numerous cartoon conferences in Japan, Malta, Turkey, Bulgaria, Finland, and has served on the jury of the Tehran Cartoon Biennial in 1993, 95, 97, and 2005.

The following is Press TV's exclusive interview with Javad Alizadeh about his artistic activities and his unique 4D Humor style.

Press TV: Can you tell our viewers more about yourself?

Alizadeh: My name is Javad Alizadeh. I have a degree in English Translation and I have been drawing caricatures since 1970.

For me cartoons are a tool which I use to translate the mysteries of the world, the hardships of life and human fears into the language of 'Humour!'.

I have also been the founder, editor and publisher of Iran's oldest caricature magazine, Humor and Caricature since 1990.

Press TV: What attracted you to caricatures? How did you find your personal style?

Alizadeh: My love for painting and drawing led me toward caricature and I found my style during my 38 years of practice and hard work.

Press TV: Tell us more about your 4D style.

Alizadeh: I have a multi-dimensional style and I hate working on cliché subjects, so I always try to present new ideas in my works.

The 4D style, or cosmic comics and relativistic humor, is based on Einstein's theory of relativity and I came up with it 20 years ago.

4D works use the idea of the fourth dimension and time, playing on such surrealistic and amazing subjects as motion relativity, space curvature and time dilation.

My 4D caricatures were introduced by the European Physical Society on were posted on the 2005 WYP (World Year of Physics) website. You can see my 4D works at Javad.8m.com.

Press TV: What form of caricature do you like most?

Alizadeh: I like all forms and I have tried all of them; editorial, black humor, realist, surrealist, comic strips, portrait, tongue in cheek, gag, wordless funnies, and exhibition caricatures.

Press TV: What is the general theme of your works?

Alizadeh: I cannot say exactly but I work on everyday subjects and weird themes. I try to depict both the outside and the inside of the human mind.

Press TV: What do you think is the role of caricature in bringing different cultures and civilizations closer?

Alizadeh: Caricatures speak through visual language and are therefore understandable by all people. They trigger a laugh which is also an international language and reaction.

Caricatures can decrease violence and bring cultures closer. They aim to promote peace and teach us to be moderate and laugh at our problems.

Press TV: Are you inspired by any specific artist?

Alizadeh: Not directly, but Einstein and [Belgian surrealist artist] Rene Magritte some times influence my work. Films as well as cultural, artistic and cinematic figures have also had some influence on my work. My memories also inspire me to create works that I call nostalgic satire.

Press TV: Which national or international cartoonist do you like?

Alizadeh: I like Topor, Sempe, Mordillo, Zabransky, Mulatier, Gahan, Sliva and Krahn more among the international ones and Kambiz Crambakhsh and Ali Derakhshi among the Iranians.

Press TV: Do you think national festivals can satisfy Iranian artists and art lovers?

Alizadeh: Somehow yes, but participating in festivals should not overshadow journalistic caricature. Officials must promote journalistic caricature by providing better economical conditions for cartoonists and being open to criticisms.

As long as copyright is breached in Iran and international works are being freely published in magazines and newspapers, no one feels any need for Iranian works.

Caricatures are meant to appear in newspapers, where they can promote democracy and freedom of speech.

To see works by Javad Alizadeh visit his website at javadalizadeh.com.
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