Trump is comic subject at Tehran cartoon comp
(3 Jul 2017) LEADIN:
An exhibition of Donald Trump cartoons is on display in Tehran.
The satirical artwork mocks the US President and his behaviour.
President Donald Trump's likeness looms over traffic in Tehran.
There have been tensions between Iran and the US since the businessman and reality TV star was elected to office.
And this exhibition clearly mocks the American leader.
Titled 'Trumpism', is displays the work of of cartoonists from around the world.
And Trump features in every single one.
First prize in the exhibition has been awarded to a flame-headed, dollar bill-covered cartoon of Trump drawn by Iranian cartoonist Hadi Asadi.
He (Trump) is trampling over all the books that symbolise human wisdom and insight. I have also portrayed his extravagant behaviours and stupid statements that he makes through the fire flames of his hair and drooling of his mouth," the artist explains.
Asadi has scooped 1,500 US dollars for taking the top prize.
He produced the cartoon in two weeks using a stylus pen digital printing method.
Four artists from the United States have also presented their works to the contest, two of which earned citations.
Trump and violence against women, the media and building walls are among themes of the contest.
Organiser Masuod Shojai Tabatabaei says the title of the exhibition intentionally links the US President's actions to Nazism.
"Some comments such as 'we are the first military power of the world' or 'we are the master of the world' which are really similar. That is why we chose to call it 'Trumpism'," he explains.
The same organizers held a Holocaust cartoon contest last year, which they said was meant to highlight Western double standards on free speech and not to cast doubt on the Nazi genocide.
The exhibition, which opened Monday and will last one week, includes the works of 1,614 Iranian and foreign participants from 75 countries.
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