Joanna Rubin Dranger awarded the 2023 Prisa! Award by Svenska Tecknare
Posted on 27/04/2023 in Awards
Joanna Rubin Dranger is this year’s recipient of Svenska Tecknare’s award Prisa!
The jury’s motivation goes as follows:
A picture is worth a thousand words. But how we learned to interpret the image is not always questioned and when an image gets stuck in a mold it cements stereotypes in our society.
In her work to raise awareness about the power of images, this year’s recipient has dedicated her career to, among other things, create tools to spread visual literacy and educate and inspire image creators. She is a skilled illustrator with a wide range of expressions spanning from childrens books to graphic novels, book covers and satirical drawings. Her books have been translated into many languages as well as motion pictures. Her publishing is varied and spans over thirty years. Through her masterpiece REMEMBER US TO LIFE, Joanna establishes the documentary graphic novel in Sweden, and with it she stretches the limits of what an illustrated book can be.
As an activist, pioneer and leader in her field, she has paved the way for others to follow in her footsteps. She has fearlessly tackled difficult subjects, sharing personal stories and in hers
graphic novels vulnerably depicted qualities that we all share but don’t always dare to show.
Svenska Tecknare are proud to award Prisa! 2023 to Joanna Rubin Dranger.”
The prestigious award is yearly handed out to one illustrator or artist for having had an important impact on the creative field for a significant time period.