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.
Hiroki Nishiyama is an illustrator based in Tokyo, Japan, and works in the fields of books, advertisements, magazines, and websites. He graduated from Tama Art University’s Department of Graphic Design and earned his Ph.D. at the same university. He published PARTS OF DAYS (2017) and has participated in the exhibitions GOOD ROUTINE (2020) and A LITTLE PLEASURE (2019). He won the Takayuki Soeda Prize at the HB GALLERY FILE COMPETITION in Japan in 2018 and the Merit Award at the ONESHOW in New York in 2017. He is currently a member of the Tokyo illustrator Society.
- Tokyo, Japan
Everyone exists whether or not they are permitted by others. I drew the various flowers as the image of existence of a human.
- We exist among the various matters.
- We exist even if our values are different.
- We exist regardless of our individuality.
- We exist regardless of the scale of power.
- We exist even if we are in the place where we were not born and grew up.
- 420 × 297 mm, 594 × 420 mm, 840 × 594 mm, 1188 × 840 mm, 1680 × 1188 mm
- Pigment print