Channeldraw hangs drawings, not people

Performance in TRANSEUROPA 2017, Madrid

A Festival of Arts, Politics and Culture

Matadero, Paseo de la Chopera, 14

Welcome to Transeuropa 2017 – Convergent Spaces! The team of Transeuropa welcomes you to the city of Madrid. We will present our objectives for the week, how we plan to make of Transeuropa a point of convergence for political and civil society actors to exchange ideas, concepts and alternatives for a Europe in turmoil.


During the opening, we will present Channeldraw hangs drawings, not people, a symbolic performance of the artivist Gianluca Costantini, known as Channeldraw, who will hang up his original drawing during the opening session of the Festival. His drawings always deal with reality, with ongoing news and actions, and they are used throughout the World by activist, as well as relatives, for manifestations, flash mob, banners and stickers, petitions and so on. He collaborates with other artists, such as Ai Weiwei and Khalid Albahi, in promoting and spreading powerful arts pointing out where there is a violation of Human rights. Human rights are the main focus of his everyday drawing, in particular against death penalty, still active in many countries. Let’s move for a world where we hang just drawings, not people.



Bienvenidxs a Transeuropa 2017 – ¡Convergent Spaces! El equipo de Transeuropa os da la bienvenida a la ciudad de Madrid. Presentaremos nuestros objetivos para la semana y plantearemos cómo pensamos hacer de Transeuropa un punto de convergencia para que actores políticos y de la sociedad civil intercambien ideas, conceptos y alternativas para una nueva Europa.

Durante la inauguración, se presentará Channeldraw cuelga dibujos no personas, una actuación simbólica de artivist Gianluca Costantini, conocido como Channeldraw, que colgará sus dibujos originales durante la sesión de apertura del Festival. Sus dibujos siempre lidian con la realidad, con noticias actuales y acciones, y se utilizan en todo el mundo por activista, así como familiares, para manifestaciones, flash mob, pancartas y pegatinas, peticiones etc. Colabora con otros artistas como Ai Weiwei y Khalid Albahi, en promover y difundir artes señalando donde hay una violación de los derechos humanos. Los derechos humanos son el foco principal de su vida cotidiana basándose, en particular contra la pena de muerte, todavía activa en muchos países.

Gianluca Costantini is an activist and artist who for years fought his battles through the drawing. Censored on the web by the Turkish government, he angered many French readers for a short comic about Charlie Hebdo’s terrorist story. He actively collaborates with ActionAid, Amnesty, Cesvi, ARCI and Oxfam organizations. His drawings mapped the story of the HRW Film Festival in London, the FIFDH Human Rights Festival in Geneva, the Human Rights Festival of Milan and the International Festival in Ferrara. Since 2016 she has accompanied the activities of DiEM25 Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, movement founded by Yanis Varoufakis and actively collaborates with the artist Ai Weiwei. In 2017 he was nominated for the European Citizenship Awards.

He has published comic stories on “Internationale”, “Page99”, “D la Repubblica”, “Narcomafie” and “Corriere della Sera” in Italy, on “LeMan” in Turkey, on “Courrier International” and “Le Monde Diplomatique” in France, on “World War Illustrated” in the United States. He collaborates with the American information portals Words Without Borders and Muftah Magazine,  The New Arab and the Dutch Drawing the Times.

His latest books are Fedele alla linea, Diario segreto di Pasolini, Pertini fra le nuvole, Arrivederci Berlinguer, Cena con Gramsci, Julian Assange dall’etica hacker a Wikileaks for BeccoGiallo Edizioni and Cattive abitudini, L’ammaestratore di Istanbul e Bronson Drawings for Giuda edizioni, Officina del macello for Eris Edizioni and Le cicatrici tra i miei denti for NdA edizioni.