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ICA Discussion: Charlie Hebdo Cover Cartoon

16 Jan 2015

Printed in a run of millions, the front cover of the 14 Jan 2015 edition of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the first since the 7 January attack on its Paris offices, is a cartoon by Renald 'Luz' Luzier featuring the prophet Muhammad. The cover shows the prophet holding a sign that reads ‘Je Suis Charlie’ whilst shedding a tear, and its headline reads ‘All Is Forgiven’.

Organised in response to this significant cartoon image, this panel examines its effects and its cultural and ethical implications.

Introduced by ICA Director Gregor Muir, speakers include filmmaker Omar Al-Qattan, writer Coline Milliard and human rights solicitor Mark Stephens.

Omar Al-Qattan is a filmmaker and a Trustee of the A.M. Qattan Foundation. In 2008, he established The Mosaic Rooms in London, a cultural space focussed on the Arab World.

Coline Milliard is an art critic, journalist, and editor, who has written extensively on contemporary art. She works as European Market Editor at artnet News, where she recently published: Why the Killing of Charlie Hebdo Cartoonists Will Make Art Stronger.

Mark Stephens has undertaken high profile cases in the UK and abroad, including representing Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblower website, Wikileaks, as well as representing the leaders of the miners’ strikes of 1984/85. Mark chairs a number of bodies including the Contemporary Art Society. He has been described by the Law Society Gazette as, ‘the patron solicitor of previously lost causes’.


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