About US


United Sketches is an International Association for Freedom of expression and Cartoonists in exile. Founded on March 8th 2015 and based in Normandy – France [Le Mémorial de Caen], It’s the World’s biggest growing professional network of cartoonists by its active ambassadors in each country. United Sketches‘s ambassadors are engaged, active and independent cartoonists who suggest and/or confirm potential new members.

 

Kianoush Ramezani

Founder & President

Iranian Artist and Activist living and working in Paris since 2009 as a political refugee.
His editorial cartoons appears in Courrier International and other national and International media in France and other countries such as Guardian, Arte, Iran Human Rights, etc.
He is curating and directing “Sketch Freedom” International cartoon expo since 2013 in collaboration with Gothenburg film festival and Swedish national archives in Gothenburg.

      Jean-Francois Akandji Kombé

      Vice President

      Jean-François Akandji-Kombé, born in Central african Republic, He lives in France (Paris). He is Professor at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1st), Director of the Pantheon-Sorbonne’s professional training Institute, Honorary Dean of the Normandy Faculty of Law and politics (in Caen, France), General Coordinator of the Academic Network on the European Social Charter and Social Rights (ANESC), Founder President of the Panafrican Institute of Action and Prospective (IpaP), and Founder of the Citizen Movement “Union Sacrée du Peuple Centrafricain”

          Patrick Nicolle

          Secretary General

          Born in 1955 in Caen. Professor of the History, municipal Councillor, Delegate to Memory, Vice president of the Memorial of Caen.

            Advisory Board

            Kat Roma Greer

            Advisory Board Member

            Kat has trained in voice, theatre and performance-making for over 18 years and has been actively working with young and emerging artists for over 12 years.  Kat studied Theatre, Classical Singing and English Literature in Australia – obtaining a Bachelor of Creative Arts; Bachelor of English Literature and her Master of Arts (Research) in Performance Studies.  Kat has a strong interest in contemporary creation practices and her thesis focused on emerging, urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and opportunities available for the development of a sustainable creative presence. She creatively leads the international Micro Galleries initiative, is on the board for Sydney alternative arts space, The Red Rattler and was recently named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence for 2015, and one of the top 10 in Culture. Kat is currently based between Hong Kong and Australia and works as a performance-maker and creator of public art disruptions that focus on positive social change.

            • Location: Hong Kong | Australia

              Marlene Rigler

              Advisory Board Member

              Marlene Rigler (* Vienna, Austria, 1979) is an arts theorician and curator with academic background in Aesthetics, Media and Contemporary Literature. She holds university degrees of Sorbonne, Paris and postgraduate (phd) degrees of Institut de Sciences Politiques Grenoble, France, as well as Karl-Franzens Universität Graz, Austria.
              After a year-long curatorial training at P.S. 1 MOMA –Contemporary Art Centre New York in 2003, she moved to Paris to collaborate with curator Hou Hanru in implementing the exhibition « Zone of Urgency » at Venice Biennial 2003’s Arsenale section. From 2005 to 2007, Marlene Rigler was in charge of temporary exhibitions at the newly founded Mémorial de la Shoah Museum in Paris (www.memorialdelashoah.og). In December 2007, she joined the Brussels-based centre for media art, Argos (www.argosarts.org), where she curated and organised group exhibitions and video-screenings on a world-wide basis. From October 2009 until December 2012, M. Rigler held the position of artistic director of Platform3 – Spaces for contemporary art in Munich, Germany (www.platform3.de). There, she conceived and led a training programme for young arts professionals, providing them with hands-on-experience and expertise in fundraising, PR, finances and exhibition-making. From May, 2013 to May 2015, she was the founding director of the new art centre “Le 116” in the East of Paris, developing a new type of collaborative, international art institution. Besides her institutional engagements, she works on a series of artistically and civically engaged projects throughout Europe and co-directs the non-profit art space khiasma (www.khiasma.org) in the periphery of Paris. M. Rigler has received numerous grants, most recently the fellowship of Goethe Institute and FRAME Finland.

              • Location: Germany | France

              Vicken Cheterian

              Advisory Board Member

              Vicken Cheterian is an journalist, author and university lecturer. He has written on conflicts, revolutions, media covering the Middle East, North Africa, and post-Soviet states, and has published frequently in Le Monde Diplomatique, Al-Hayat, Die Wochen Zeitung, among others. He currently lectures at Webster University and University of Geneva, on media and international relations. He is the author of War and Peace in the Caucasus, Russia’s Troubled Frontier, Hurst and Columbia University Press 2009, and his latest book is Open Wounds, Armenians, Turks and a Century of Genocide Hurst and Oxford University Press 2015.
              • Location: Switzerland