Archive: Opening Nextcomic 2019


Ramize Erer (born 1963 in Kırklareli, Turkey) is a cartoon artist, painter, writer and feminist. In her work she breaks societal taboos and attacks traditional gender roles, particularly with the women characters in her cartoons. In 2017 she received the Creative Courage Award, and in 2018 she was honored with the SOKOL Award from the State of Lower Austria which included a residency with AIR – ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Niederösterreich, which she will spend in Krems in February and March 2019. An exhibition of her work at the NEXTCOMIC Festival in Linz will be organized in co-operation with the Karikaturmuseum Krems.

Ramize Erer studied painting at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul. At the young age of sixteen, she started to create cartoons for the GırGır weekly magazine. In the 1990s, she co-founded the satirical magazine Hıbır. When her contract with the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet was canceled after six months because her cartoons were considered too offensive, she became a contributor to the newspaper Radikal, creating a daily cartoon for them for 13 years, for which she invented the character Kötü Kız (Bad Girl).

She also contributed to the feminist magazine Pazartesi and the short-lived Karşı (“Opposition”), for which her cartoons mainly dealt with the Gezi-Park protests. In co-operation with the weekly satirical magazine Leman she was involved in the conception of the satirical magazine Bayan Yani with texts and drawings created exclusively by women.

Following Erer’s move to Paris in 2008, she participated in numerous exhibitions in the context of the Cartooning for Peace initiative and became a contributor to Charlie Hebdo. By today, more than 10,000 cartoons and stories by her have been published; Chica dü lüks was published in German translation. Ramize Erer lives in Paris and Istanbul.

NEXTCOMIC presents a selection of her critical cartoons and comics featuring the character Kötü Kiz (Bad Girl). In a very direct and uncompromising manner, Erer takes as her theme girls and young women exposed to domestic violence and abuse. The impressive portraits drawn and painted in her novella Dikra relate the story of Erer’s family, sharing events and impressions from past summers she spent as a child in Paris and Istanbul.

Photo credit: Ramize Erer © Brodbeck & de Barbua

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