Freedom of expression

Exhibition opening with Arifur Rahman, Moddi and Roar Hagen

When personal freedom and rights are violated, when “alternative facts” run rampant in the public sphere, when information is gagged and violations takes place, satirical artists have a role to play. Their task is to  expose, ridicule, disclose and insult. In many places they put their lives at risk in the process. Freedom of expression is under attack in many countries and both journalists and political artists come into the line of fire. For many artists, Internet-based channels are the only opportunity they have for publication.

The exhibition has been produced in collaboration with City of Refuge artist Arifur Rahman from Bangladesh, who was personally subjected to torture and imprisoned for his drawings. Through his online magazine,, artists from all over the world have been invited to this exhibition.

When:Wednesday 31. May at 15:00
Where:Elephant Kunsthall
Info:In collaboration with Avistegnernes Hus-MiA and Arifur Rahman


Arifur Rahman

Arifur Rahman is a self-taught cartoonist from Bangladesh. In 2007 he was arrested following the publication of one of his cartoons that was felt to be offensive to Islamic fundametalists. Since 2010 he has lived in Drøbak, Norway.

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Pål Moddi Knutsen, better known as Moddi, is a singer and musician from Senja More >

Roar Hagen

Roar Hagen er en norsk avistegner og bokillustratør. Roar Hagen ble utdannet som grafisk formgiver, begynte som tegner i Sunnmørsposten i 1975 og fortsatte så i Stavanger Aftenblad fra 1978 til 1986. Siden 1986 har han tegnet for VG. More >

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