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Cartoonist Pakdel Displaying Best Cartoons of the Decade

Alireza Pakdel and one of his award-winning worksAlireza Pakdel and one of his award-winning works

Cartoonist Alireza Pakdel has put on display his best works during the past decade in an exhibit titled 'Twenty Four' at the Iranian House of Cartoon in Tehran.

The collection includes 30 works, all having participated in national and international festivals, Mehr News Agency reported.

"All the works belong to a decade ago and mostly cover social issues as well as terrorism and immigration," Pakdel said about the exhibit.

The displayed works are not for sale because "cartoons are less likely to be purchased". However, he is planning another exhibit at the Iranian Artists Forum where visitors will be able to buy the works.

Also a caricaturist, illustrator and character designer, Pakdel, 36, will show his caricatures, of local and foreign figures, by the end of the current Persian calendar year (March 2018).

The artist will select from his 'figures' a series for his next exhibit. He has worked on the drawings for years. They are created with a special style and all have only one eye.

Pakdel started working on caricature in 1994 and collaborated with important Iranian journals including Golagha, Keyhan Caricature and many more. He has attended many festivals across the world and won over 100 awards at home and in Brazil, Portugal, Turkey, Croatia and Germany.

His latest awards include the Grand Prix and first prize in the editorial section of 2017 World Press Cartoon in Lisbon and two awards at Brazil's 43rd International Humor Exhibition of Piracicaba 2016. In both events his winning works were centered on the subject of migrants and immigration.

The exhibit 'Twenty Four' will run through August 22 at the House of Cartoon located at No. 44, Golnabi (Ketabi) St., Shariati Ave. Enthusiasts can visit the show every day from 9 am-5 pm.

Affiliated to Tehran Municipality, Iranian House of Cartoon was founded in 1996. In addition to hosting temporary exhibitions and acting as an educational center of cartoon and animation, it has been the permanent secretariat of Tehran International Cartoon Biennial.

Its goal is the recognition, upgrading and propagation of cartoon and caricature in Iran to encourage and support cartoonists and introduce their works to the audiences both in Iran and abroad.

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