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Drawing inspiration from lockdown

Israeli cartoonist Michel Kichka and his students at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design have wryly captured people going about everyday life during the coronavirus pandemic

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

  • Venice’s gondoliers singing from their balconies by Nicole Raskin
    Venice’s gondoliers singing from their balconies by Nicole Raskin
  • Exercise before and during quarantine by Rotem Weinstein
    Exercise before and during quarantine by Rotem Weinstein
  • Passover during quarantine by Michel Kichka
    Passover during quarantine by Michel Kichka

Award-winning Israeli cartoonist Michel Kichka and his students at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem have wryly captured people going about their everyday lives during the coronavirus pandemic with these eye-catching images.

In one, a singing gondolier has taken to his balcony, rather than the famous waterways of Venice, while in another, a ballet dancer attempts to practise her moves at home and not the studio.

Kichka also imagines the new, virtual reality of a Passover seder and the disappointment of a sportsman waiting to compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Tokyo 2021 Olympics by Michel Kichka

Belgium-born Kichka, who is a senior lecturer at Bezalel Academy, immigrated to Israel in 1974 and is considered one of the country’s leading comic book artists and political cartoonists.

Corona beer and coronavirus by Lior Ben Zaken
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