Without words

2 December 2010
Only in en
In cooperation with "Varlik", the Eurozine Gallery presents some of Semih Poroy's political cartoons, a powerful, wordless comment on current affairs, always on the side of free speech.

Eurozine Gallery

The Eurozine Gallery features visual artists from all over Europe with series of photographs, paintings or other types of art works.

Current exhibition:

Various artists
Stories without borders
[Autumn/Winter 2014-2015]

Previous exhibitions:
Steffen Kverneland
Munch
[Spring 2014]

Henrihs Vorkals
Romantic transformations
[Spring 2013]

Semih Poroy
Without words
[Autumn/Winter 2010-2011]

Barbara Holub
Three chapters for a future of the unplanned
[Summer 2010]

Anna Meyer
Heisszeit
[Spring 2010]

Daniel Knorr
Stolen history (and other projects)
[Autumn 2009]

Leonhard Lapin
Suprealism
[Summer 2007]

Cecilia Parsberg
The wall
[Summer 2006]

Josef Schützenhöfer
Art comes from labour
[Spring 2006]

Mircea Stanescu
Airbag
[Autumn 2005-Spring 2006]


Essay

Tan Oral

What distinguishes Semih Poroy among his peers is the prevalence of humour in his drawings, writes Tan Oral. Poroy’s special connection with the literary world adds another dimension to his work and is depicted through critical, humorous and ironic observations by a cartoonist truly enjoying the world of letters.

About the artist

Semih Poroy (born 1954) left Istanbul University in the senior year of his law studies to commit himself to the world of cartoons.


His first works appeared in Akbaba (The Condor), Turkey’s oldest humour magazine, in 1975. Since then, his cartoons have been featured in many newspapers and periodicals on the left side of the political spectrum. In 1988, he became a full-time staff member of the daily Cumhuriyet, for which he has been drawing as a freelance since 1977. His comic strip Harbi (Tough Guy) has been running in this newspaper since 1989. For the last five years, he has been drawing the full-page Feklavye (Keyboard F), a satire on the literary world, for Cumhuriyet‘s book supplement.

Poroy was one of the signatories of the “Petition of the Intellectuals” set up in 1984 against the military administration that seized power on 12 September 1980. Following the reestablishment of NGOs after a period of martial law, he was elected chairman of the Cartoonists Society of Turkey in 1984.

In addition to many articles on cartoons and humour published in cultural magazines, Poroy has published five collections: Portreler (Portraits, 1998), Meyhane Peceteleri (Scribbling on Pub Napkins, 1998), Gölgenizi Kullanabilir miyim? (Can I Use Your Shadow?, 1999), Feklavye (Keyboard F, 2008) and Ohne Worte (2008, Germany; a Turkish edition is forthcoming).

A retrospective exhibition marking “35 years in cartooning” opens in Istanbul on 9 December 2010.

Published 2 December 2010

Original in English
First published in

Contributed by Varlik
© Semih Poroy / Varlik Eurozine

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