Plantu visite les Trinité-et-Tobago

Le cerveau, le coeur, la main

From the Brain, the Heart and to the Hand, a French cartoonist presents a humorous and entertaining hour on the art of parody, politics and the dynamics of his illustrations that cover the front pages of the French newspaper called Le Monde.
Jean Plantureux (Plantu) is the guest speaker and the interAmericas space in Port of Spain is filled to its capacity with a mixed of Trinidadians and French expatriates. They are here at Caribbean Contemporary Arts to see the artist work his magic with transparencies, felt nib pens and a overhead projector. Plantu is known for his satirical puns on world politics and is touring the regions of Alliance Fraçaise throughout the United States and the Caribbean.

Plantu says that although he parodies politicians, he is able to separate the person from their position, and his aim is not to be disrespectful. This is in the hope that they would see the humour behind the puns, and that the sarcasm are a result of their actions as a whole. Sex is generally used as antidote, and his caricatures are never overlooked in the public eye. One example was a caricature of the French President which Plantu drew a less flattering size of his penis. This minuscule detail was frowned upon politically.

At this presentation, there were a few poignant works and the audience broke into a warm applause after Plantu depicted the union of the States of Palestine and Israel. Plantu illustrated his precarious adventure by a light-heartedly drawing that showed a bullet-ridden van packed with armed guards with gun barrels extending out the window noting that he was one of the passengers. This was in the effort to bridge both Countries by a gesture of unity, recognition and by Art. In the end, Plantu was able to have the drawing signed by both heads of State.
So what is Plantu’s take on Trinidad and Tobago from his brief visit? He is warmed over by our music and flag. – thebookmann

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