SA cartoonist wins major award

first_img12 October 2005South African cartoonist Zapiro is the winner of the principal award of the Prince Claus Fund for 2005.The Netherlands-based Prince Claus Fund makes a number of awards annually to “support artistic and intellectual initiatives of high quality and strong social commitments”. The principal award carries a prize of €100 000 (about R800 000).Zapiro is the alias of 47-year-old Jonathan Shapiro.‘Out of the blue’“I am not quite sure what I felt when I heard the news. Bewilderment and disbelief, I think,” Shapiro told the Mail & Guardian Online last week.“It came out of the blue!”“Zapiro has been granted this award in recognition of his role in stimulating social and cultural development,” the Prince Claus Fund said in a statement.“The satire of his striking cartoons scrutinises the current social and political realities of South Africa, the African continent and the global arena.”The prize will be awarded in Amsterdam on 7 December.Since 1997 the Prince Claus Awards have been presented annually to artists, thinkers and cultural organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.Zapiro is not the first South African to be recognised by the awards. The District Six Museum in Cape Town were recipients of an award in 2003, Bush Radio and the Film Resource Unit in 2000, and artist David Koloane in 1998.Editorial cartoonistShapiro studied architecture at the University of Cape Town before switching to graphic design.Conscripted into the South African Defence Force, Shapiro joined the United Democratic Front, a broad anti-apartheid grouping.He was detained by the security police in 1988, before leaving the country to take up a Fulbright Scholarship at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he studied under Art Spiegelman, Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman.Since 1994 Zapiro has been the editorial cartoonist for both the Sowetan and the Mail & Guardian. His cartoons also appear in the Sunday Times.In 2001 he won a category prize in the CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards, the first cartoonist to do so. Nine collections of his work have been published, as well as several exhibitions.“With the kind of thought I put in my cartoons and with the progressive agendas I’ve tried to follow while being involved in different organisations, I contribute to the debate and the kind of thinking that changes things,” Shapiro said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Finding Holiday Cheer in Your Heart Rather than Under the Tree

first_imgBy: David Lee Sexton, Jr.Pixabay[Heart by rawpixel on March 18, 2017, CC0]The holiday season brings with it more than its fair share of joy, but the holidays can also be a very stressful and sometimes a depressing time for many people. The season has the tendency to magnify the entire emotional spectrum, resulting in possible increases in both positive and negative emotions (“A Holiday Advisory”, 2014). It is easy to feel pressured by the expectation to have fancy holiday celebrations with huge feasts, festive decorations, and dazzling gifts for all of your loved ones. Couple this with the possibility of intensified negative emotions such as sadness or guilt that can be brought on by seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and you have a potential recipe for emotional spending (Young, 2014; Sathicq, 2017).What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?According to Young (2014), SAD is characterized by depressive-like symptoms that coincide reliably around the holiday season; these symptoms can be brought on by a variety of factors, such as sadness over being apart from family, but they manifest in ways so extreme that they make it difficult for those experiencing SAD to function normally. Young (2014) indicates that symptoms can manifest themselves in ways very similar to depression, but sometimes individuals may even experience anger and lash out at loved ones.Emotional Spending to CopeSathicq (2017) examines the ways in which emotions, specifically sadness and guilt, can influence emotional spending behavior. When sad, individuals may spend money buying something they believe will make them feel better. Sathicq indicates that this association solidifies early in our lives through the rewards our parents gave us to make us feel better when we were young, like an ice cream cone following a scraped knee. This quick gratification serves to distract us from the root cause of our sadness by offering a temporary boost in mood (Sathicq, 2017).One of the strongest influences of emotional spending is perhaps guilt. Sathicq (2017) provides the example of parents who do not get to spend as much time as they would like with their children due to their jobs compensating with material goods. The motivating factor behind this relationship, according to Sathicq, is shame, which results in extremely pervasive motivation to avoid or escape when experienced.SolutionsSathicq (2017) indicates that recognizing these emotions and the ways in which they affect your behavior can be a powerful tool for managing your spending. When feeling sad, consider if what you are buying will address the real problem or just provide a Band-Aid. For guilt, do not use expensive gifts as a way to remedy a mistake you’ve made; instead, apologize and commit to changing the behavior that led you to make the mistake (Sathicq, 2017).It’s All about ExpectationsIt is unavoidable to feel pressured during the holidays. However, perhaps one of the best techniques to ensure your emotions do not get the best of you is to adjust your expectations. You do not have to have the “perfect” holiday. Research suggests that holiday expectations rarely sync with reality, as individuals usually do not rate a holiday experience as good or as bad as they expected it to be (“A Holiday Advisory”, 2014). So, show yourself some mercy and understand that the holidays do not have to be “perfect” to be beloved.ReferencesA holiday advisory for your emotions. (2014). Harvard Women’s Health Watch, 22(3), 6.Sathicq, L. (2017). Are you an emotional spender? Good Health (Australia Edition), 62-64.last_img read more