Cartoon by the Nicaraguan Pedro X Molina in the exhibition “El camino de la bala”, Encuentro Internacional Cartón Club “La Línea de Fuego”, September 2018
The cartoonist is already installed in Ithaca, hosted by ICOA.
Pedro X. Molina, a political cartoonist who fled his native Nicaragua after various attacks against journalists and critics of the government, is the seventh artist-in-residence of the show ICOA and has been hosted in the US city of Ithaca (NY).
Pedro and his family left Nicaragua on Christmas Day 2018 after police killed one journalist, imprisoned two others and ransacked the offices of Confidencial, the media outlet he works for.
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ICOA to the rescue
ICOA covered the costs of the trip and will also provide financial and logistical support to Molina and his family. They have also acted as a bridge to Ithaca College, where Pedro will work as an international visiting scholar in theirHonors Program.
In addition to teaching, he will participate in exhibitions, lectures abroad and local events, and will continue to submit his cartoons to Nicaraguan and international media. Not only will he be able to continue doing his usual work, but he will now be able to expand his activities.
Molina is the first cartoonist to be hosted by ICOA since its founding in 2001 and its first resident from Latin America.
ICOA is part of ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network), based in Norway, which has already hosted other cartoonists such as the Iranians Mana Neyestani y Ali Duranithe Sudanese Khalid Albaih and the Bangladeshi Arifur Rahman.
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