Illustration works on media such as books and posters often express topics written in text using images. The texts are prepared first and illustrations interpret them. In ‘Picture Speech’, we change the order so that the viewer faces the pictures which had been prepared first and the texts that interpreted them. Through this, we want to experiment with the interaction between images and texts. Illustrators from numerous countries present pictures that were created based on various issues in the contemporary era—ranging from human rights, gender issues, the New Normal, a pandemic and real estate. The pictures consist of five different sizes that contain consecutive or related narratives. Pen Union (Hana Kim & Sunwoo Hwang), a duo who have written and talked about many different ways of life and stories, add writings to these pictures. This chapter is a conversation between pictures and texts about issues that we can all relate to these days. In addition, we hope this chapter will provide an opportunity to reverse the stereotype that texts are clear and rational while pictures are an ambiguous and emotional way of expression.
Henri Campeã is a Brazilian visual artist, freelance illustrator and 2d animator enthusiast based in São Paulo. Graduated in Graphic Design by Belas Artes University of São Paulo, his work today is focused towards illustration. Throughout his career, he worked with clients such as Apple, Coca-Cola, The New York Times, WGSN, Quartz, Snapchat and many more.
His works incorporate vibrant colors, quirkiness, a bit of magic and surrealism. His main source of inspiration comes from nature, Queer community, living in Brazil, cartoons, etc. He advocates for the Queer community and representing different kinds of people and characters is very important on his work.
- São Paulo, Brazil
“Bloom” is a piece centered on the blooming process of a queer humanoid plant divided into five stages and periods. In the first canvas, they are a seedling that starts to grow. In the second canvas, some red shapes (representing oppression) appears as the plant starts to bloom and show their personality. The oppression hits its peak on the third canvas, and the plant creates a defense field around them. This field grows with the plant on the fourth canvas, pushing back the oppression. At the final stage, they are completely grown expressing their identity without any oppression left.
As a non-binary person, I wanted to create a piece that resonated with my own experience dealing with gender norms and binary codes. I wanted to portrait how it affected me during my life. Self-knowledge and expression was an important tool for me to build resistance to navigate society standing for what I am.
- 420 × 297 mm, 594 × 420 mm, 840 × 594 mm, 1188 × 840 mm, 1680 × 1188 mm
- Pigment print