The Paradox of Identity

Does your passport define your identity, or is it a means by which the state you live in has defined your identity before you were even born? No other concept has so many facets as identity: the way you define yourself can empower you, but the way you are defined by others can limit or even oppress you. In October 2015, we organized a 24-hour cartoon challenge for the Veerstichting, an annual two-day symposium in Leiden, The Netherlands.

On day 1, we asked the 250 participants of the symposium to draw their perspectives on identity. Over 500(!) drawings were made and uploaded to a project newsroom on the same day. Our cartoonists responded with almost 150 cartoons that were based on the most inspiring drawings. Here you can see the top three best cartoons (and the ideas they were based on).