Comics workshop Hugues Bertrand Biboum

Social artivism in social networks and self-derision : the case of Cameroon

By Hugues Bertrand BIBOUM

Around the world, and mainly in Africa, some governments tend to have their policies questioned by the population; most often because of the constitution, the management of institutions or their inertia in resolving certain conflicts with separatist groups.

Some artists use provocation, humour, parody and imagination to raise awareness of political and social problems through artistic creation. The arrival of social networks presents an ideal means of reaching the maximum number of people.

Animated by a patriotic conscience and by the desire to see his country develop, the artist should not engage in negativism and in the degradation of his country's buckets, because very often censorship can be very severe and freedom of expression can have limits in some countries, even in social networks. This is the case in Cameroon.


1) Presentation of the author and his works: Djo'o bar, Ébola à l'hôpital, la loi 1076, PALABA, some publications

2) How to create a satirical cartoon according to Hugues B (From the idea to the realisation)

3) Exercise with the participants; (Creating your own satire)

4) Discussion with the participants

Material provided

Paper, marker, pencils, black and white and colour. Please bring your own materials if you wish.

© Hugues Bertrand Biboum


This workshop is part of the broader activities related to the ERC project ERC ARTIVISM. Art and Activitism. Creativity and Performance as Creative means of Expression in Super-Diverse Cities lead by Prof. Monika Salzbrunn, namely the final conference Artivism and Creative Resistances: New Research Methods and New Alliances between Art and Activism (12.-14.4.22). The ERC ARTIVISM Project ( has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) within the framework of the European Union’s research and innovation programme “Horizon 2020” (ARTIVISM - grant agreement No. 681880). Dr. Raphaela von Weichs is senior researcher and Federica Moretti and Sara Wiederkehr are PhD students within the project.