Reframe: Perspectives on Europe through comics from Algeria, Turkey and the UK

Reframe came about as a result of a collaboration between three international comic festivals: International Comics Festival of Algiers (FIBDA) in Algeria, Istanbulles in Turkey and Comica in the UK.

The ECF has supported the project from the start, because it attempts to tackle pressing European issues through an art form that is moving beyond the traditional art scene and brings a fresh dimension to the discourse on democracy and human rights.

Curated by Canan Marasligil, Paul Gravett and Megan Donnolley, Reframe was first shown in October 2013 at the Free Word Centre in London and travelled to Algeria and Turkey in February 2014. Philanthropy House and ECF are proud to present this collection of insightful perspectives on Europe as part of ECF’s celebration of 60 years of working to connect people through arts and culture.

The nine artists from Algeria, Turkey and the UK – Sofiane Belaskri, Mahmoud Benameur, Hannah Berry, ILYA, Daniel Locke, Murat Mıhçıoğlu, Soumeya Ouarezki, Cem Özüduru and Naz Tansel – use their distinctive styles and viewpoints to ‘reframe’ perspectives on Europe. Through their graphic short stories they examine and expose the cultural, social and political dynamics between Europe and each of their own countries. 



Click on each portrait to access the artist's biography, statement and 2-page comic

The exhibition was originally supported by an ECF collaboration grant and presented by Comica, Istanbulles with Studio Rodeo, FIBDA, and Free Word in association with ARTICLE 19 and Booktrust with the support by Arts Council England. 

Originally curated by Canan Marasligil, Paul Gravett and Megan Donnolley, it has now been repurposed for the Philanthropy House in Brussels by Canan Marasligil and Judith van Ingen for ECF.