Escaping Wars and Waves: Illustrator Olivier Kugler exhibition at Rich Mix, London

Escaping Wars and Waves - art by Olivier Kugler

Escaping Wars and Waves is an exhibition opening next month in London, featuring reportage graphic artist Olivier Kugler‘s drawings with texts documenting the circumstances of Syrian refugees he met on assignments commissioned by Medicins sans Frontieres.

Olivier travelled to Domiz refugee camp (in Iraqi Kurdistan), Kos Island (Greece), the Calais refugee camp (France) as well as to England, Germany and Switzerland.

Some of the work has been published in Harper’s (in the United States), The Guardian and Port (UK), Le Monde Diplomatique (Germany), Internazionale (Italy) and Annabelle (Switzerland).

An 80-page book with drawings from the Escaping Wars and Waves project has just been published in German under the title Dem Krieg Entronnenand will be published in the UK under the title Escaping Wars and Waves by Myriad Editions / New Internationalist in June 2018.

The art features Syrians the artist met in Domiz refugee camp, became the overall winner of the World Illustration Award 2015 and were exhibited at Somerset House in London.

Escaping Wars and Waves - art by Olivier Kugler

The exhibition at Rich Mix will present rough sketches, original drawings and prints and is supported by the Arts Council England. All of the artwork will be for sale and half of the profits will be donated to MSF.

The exhibition will launch with an opening night on Wednesday 6th December which will include a brief Q&A hosted by John L. Walters, the editor of Eye Magazine, with Olivier Kugler, Catherine Thomé (of MSF) and Corinne Pearlman (Editorial Director at Myriad Editions) on hand to speak.

Escaping Wars and Waves runs from Wednesday 6th until Friday 29th December 2017 at Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA | Web: | Access to the Rich Mix’s Mezzanine Gallery, where the exhibition will be held, is free

• Olivier Kugler Official Site:

Eye Magazine: Olivier Kugler – Bearing Witness

We Make It Projects – Escaping War and Waves

• Olivier has started a crowdfunding campaign for an upcoming project (“From Damascus to Bogota”)

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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