Mohammad Sabaaneh has worked as a cartoonist since 2002. A member of the International Cartoon Movement, Sabaaneh won many graphics awards. He won third place at the Arabic Caricature Contest in 2013. Moreover, Sabaaneh had his personal exhibition in Britain, Spain, and Washington and participated in many international exhibitions including ones in Berlin, Norway, Holland, Genève, Qatar, and Syria. Sabaaneh gave lectures about the art of caricature at several universities, such as Stanford, NYU, and Exeter. He used the art of caricature as tool of therapy. The Congress Library keeps his original artwork in the Cartoon Department. Georgetown University has also utilized his cartoons in its scientific research. In 2017, Sabaaneh was invited to represent the Palestinians in UN building in NYC as a Palestinian influential intellectual young figure. He exhibits his cartoons at the ICC.
Sabaaneh published his first book in the US, and in 2017, he received the First Prize at International Estaq festival. Along with English, his book was published in Spanish and Catalani.
In 2020, Sabaaneh got his Masters degree in Illustration from the UK. Finally, his comics will published In US.
“This is how an artist resists.”
Joe Sacco, author and illustrator of the books “Palestine” and “Footnotes in Gaza,” wrote about Sabaaneh.
The cultural appropriation is defined as the use of a culture’s symbols, artifacts, genres, rituals, or technologies by members of another culture. (Rogers. R 2006). That can be noticed in many countries around the world. For instance in the USA, Canada or in Palestine. Cultural appropriation is used in Palestine as a tool to dismantle the indigenous identity and to replace it with fake identity.
I have been working as a cartoonist for more than twenty years. I always notice the usage of some Iconic American photos, memorials or events as signifiers for some human values such as freedom, Justice or democracy. Although some cartoonists are against the United States policy, they still find it acceptable to do that. Last year, while I was working on a mural about the environment, which I finished with people raising a tree as I was inspired by the iconic photo of the American soldiers raising the American flag in Iwo Jima in the Second World War; that photo was taken by Joe Rosenthal. I have decided to change the last scene of my mural by using the photo of Faris Odih facing an Israeli tank in Gaza because we should celebrate with our Icons.
During a demonstration in the Palestinian village of Deir Jarir, one of the elderly participated alongside the youths. His photo spread around the world and is portrayed as the photo that signified the Palestinian resistance. The print was inspired by his photo.
During a demonstration in Om Al Fahim, Mostafa Al Kharouf took a photo of a Palestinian protester while he was climbing an electric pole to raise the Palestinian flag. The photo reminded me of the first Intifada and how the Palestinian were protesting by raising the flag. The Print was inspired by Mustafa’s photo.
In 2019, during the Return marches in Gaza, Mustafa Hassona took a great photo. His photo was rewarded around the world. Mustafa works with the Anadol agency. The print was inspired by Mustafa’s photo.
The print was inspired by a photo for Alaa Badarnid. The photo for the traditional performance call (( Dabkah)) .
The Israeli apartheid wall prevents many Palestinian farmers from cultivating their land. This print was inspired by one of Alaa Badarneh photos.
The print was inspired by Alaa Badarneh’s photo. The photo was taken during a Palestinian march against the Israeli settlements.
Alaa Badarneh has taken this photo for a Palestinian woman while she was harvesting a crop in Yaabad one of the biggest village in Jenin.