As discussed in class today, these images are examples of Ali Farzat’s work. He is a Syrian political cartoonist who normally draws cartoons for newspapers. In addition, he has a website and a facebook where he circulates his work. Although he has been drawing cartoons that are against the government for decades, his work has recently become more direct in conjunction with the Syrian uprising.
These particular cartoons are examples of his earlier work that was less explicit, but still extremely political. In both of the example cartoons a military uniform is used to represent a leader or the government in general. However, the leaders are not drawn to represent a particular person, which is probably one of the reasons that these cartoons were allowed to be published. Although this was most likely done intentionally by Farzat, it is also interesting to consider other elements of his work that helped it get published and whether they were intentional. For example, there are no words in either of these cartoons. This could be simply a style choice. However, it does expand the possible messages, as images can be interpreted more ways than captions that usually summarize the message of the work. Personally, I think the message of these cartoons is that leaders and/or the government are superficially helpful while actually harming the people. However, this is just one of many interpretations. The fact that there are these many interpretations probably helped these cartoons get published, as the government knew that less people would get the message because they would have to understand it first.