Humor helps – especially in times when there isn't much else to laugh about. Fortunately, there are cartoons! They deal with everyday issues and the current political situation, and they are always able to show these often serious issues in a different light. Corona affects almost all areas of our lives, and just as diverse are the contributions that will make you smile in our second digital exhibition.
Participating artists: Daniel Jokesch, Clemens Ottawa, Elena Soroka, Elisabeth Semrad, Benedikt Kobel, Wien in leiwanden Grafiken, Michael Dufek, empeierstate and püribauer.
Highlight: In exclusive audio statements, the cartoonists talk about their art and their artistic way of dealing with the crisis – or just joke around.
This exhibition was created during the coronavirus crisis. The participating artists get 50 % of the net proceeds of each "Laughing is Contagious” exhibition sold.
Corona was a challenge for Daniel Jokesch's work as a cartoonist. Every week, he draws four editorial cartoons and a comic strip. He is free to choose the topics, and whether it concerns the country or the world, he always picks the ones most suitable for satirical work. Since mid-March he has been working in a different way – there’s only one topic. Every day, he has to think of different ways to present it. He never thought that working this way would be possible, but it is. Corona touches so many aspects of life, as you can see in these three cartoons: They are about the challenges of home office and homeschooling, the redesign of public spaces, such as new traffic lights, or the spread of the virus.
What started as a challenge now is a daily routine. However, he says, ''as the first ray of normality, I am looking forward to the first time when I will be occupied with a theme that has nothing to do with corona. I’m waiting for it! I can't wait!''
Daniel Jokesch is a cartoonist, author, and editor. He draws mainly for the Falter, Wiener Zeitung, and Tiroler Tageszeitung newspapers.