This exhibition entitled “Gogi visits Spain”, is a retrospective of the first female cartoonist of Pakistan, Ms. Nigar Nazar, whose work has been recognised at the highest national and international levels.
Throughout this exhibition, we can essentially trace the evolution of her main character, Gogi, from her creation in 1970 until to date; she is a young, progressive Pakistani woman. Ms. Nigar Nazar addresses a broad range of subjects in her comic strips, both social and political, through which she tries to contribute to a positive change in her society using her talent as a cartoonist. This has earned her recognition both nationally and internationally, having been nominated by the BBC among the 100 most influential women in the world in 2014.
Her work in children’s hospitals in her country, as murals, can be seen in this exhibition. Lastly, one of Ms. Nigar’s most remarkable pieces of work can be appreciated: the buses decorated with images of Gogi and messages about environmental and, above all, gender equality issues.
The author’s extensive range of publications can also be admired in the exhibition room, as well as the means by which the books are transported to schools in remote villages where camels play an instrumental role.
Through the QR code, you can learn more about the work and the persona of Ms. Nigar Nazar, either in the format of a video or in the author’s own text about Gogi.
Lastly, it is worth mentioning that this event of the Quevedo Institute of Arts of Humour of the General Foundation of the University of Alcalá has been possible by virtue of the collaboration with the Embassy of Pakistan in Spain, as the first activity to be developed within the framework of the cooperation agreement recently signed.
Juan García Cerrada
Curator of the Exhibition