Cartoonist gets the brush-off
with Tom Hilditch and Shirley Lau
The sight of security chief Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee wielding a whip and leaping skyscrapers was denied to the public when the Hong Kong and Macau Political Cartoons Exhibition fell apart last week.
The exhibition, which opened on October 12 at Macau Old Ladies' House, ended after one of the cartoonists - the predictably provocative Zunzi - decided that rather than test the boundaries of censorship, he would explode them.
Instead of exhibiting the political cartoons he draws for Apple Daily, Zunzi created an anti-Article 23 installation involving Chinese President Jiang Zemin, a chair and 23 rubber sex toys.
Freaked out by this triple-X turn of events, the venue's authorities decided to close Zunzi's room, claiming that an installation did not belong in a drawing exhibition. The cartoonists (including Kee Yung, whose 'Wonderbroom' Regina had been on display) accused them of censorship and withdrew their work.