“Resistance, Rebellion & Revolution” explores the work of Burnley-based cartoonist, Alsatoor (The Cleaver)

Resistance, Rebellion & Revolution is an exhibition at the HOXTON 253 art space in London, exploring the life and works of the late Libyan artist and satirist, Hasan ‘Alsatoor’ Dhaimish (1955-2016).

Curated by Sherif and Hanna Dhaimish, coinciding with the ten-year anniversary of the Libyan revolution, this exhibition features samples of Hasan’s anti-Gaddafi regime, pro-human rights illustrations, published between 1980 and 2016. His cartoons were relentless, brutally honest, and were received with laughter by most and anger by others.

For the first time, Alsatoor’s cartoons are exhibited in print, alongside a series of paintings he produced while living in exile in the UK.

Hasan left Benghazi, Libya, in 1975 at age 19. He settled in Burnley, Lancashire, and soon started publishing his critical cartoons in magazines. Over the years, he gained momentum and popularity, developing a style parallel to technological developments.

With the rise of the internet came a new global audience, and during the 2000s, he became Libya’s most notorious and prolific satirist, operating covertly under the pseudonym, Alsatoor (The Cleaver).

Away from his satire, Hasan produced artworks influenced by jazz and blues, which were musical genres he felt deeply connected to due to his life in exile. From portraits of musicians to vibrant-coloured collages, his work is from his soul.

Coinciding with the exhibition at HOXTON 253 is a new, online archive of Hasan’s work, presenting over 5000 pieces of satire he produced over his long, illustrious career, and a broad selection of his paintings.

A new book by his son, Sherif Dhaimish, Hasan ‘Alsatoor’ Dhaimish – A Libyan Artist in Exile, has also just been published by Pendle Press, available from all bookshops.

This project has been supported by Arts Council England and Pendle Press.

• Resistance, Rebellion & Revolution runs until 29th August 2021 at the HOXTON 253 art project space, 253 Hoxton Street, Whitmore Estate, London N1 5LG | Web: www.hoxton253.com

Opening times: Monday 23rd August, Tuesday 24th August, Wednesday 25th August – 11am – 6pm; Thursday 26th August – 1pm – 7pm; Friday 27th August, Saturday 28th August – 11am – 6pm; Sunday 29th August (11am – 3pm)

Visit alsatoor.com for more information and a biography of the artist

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