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November 19, 2006

Italian Cartoonist Alessandro Gatto Interviewed About Holocaust Cartoon

The European Jewish Press interviews Italian cartoonist Alessandro Gatto in aggressive fashion about his cartoon entry into the recent Iranian holocaust cartoon contest. It's short enough that subjects are barely broached, but the topics are so dramatic that even just bringing them up will likely set the mind racing, whether or not you think Gatto has a point, or if he's dangerously arrogant about the transcendently communicative powers of art, or both.

There's also a descriptive line early on that reports "For his drawing, Gatto received three gold coins, a cup and an honorable mention from Iranian organizers." For some reason this strikes me as funny, sad and bizarre, and probably not in the most culturally sensitive way, either.
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