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.
Andreas Samuelsson never grows tired of the endless possibilities within the simplest of forms. Constantly aiming for the clear and clean, Andreas finds his voice by peeling away everything unnecessary down to its essentials; the result is bright, clinical and distinct.
Andreas Samuelsson is an image creator living in Gothenburg. With his seemingly stripped-down images, he makes the complicated simple and the simple a little more complicated by exploring, challenging and contrasting the representative, associative and concrete properties of line, surface and shape.
- Gothenburg, Sweden
The Human Body
This is an abstract story and a dedication to the human body. It’s a thought that leads to another thought. A way of seeing things in parts, put them together and build up something new. It is rhythm and balance that grows up. A slow energy. I really like to start from a standard format, a blank sheet and fill it with my imagination. I draw up lines very fast and after that I shape up small details until it feels right. Until it feels honest and real. Human.
- 420 × 297 mm, 594 × 420 mm, 840 × 594 mm, 1188 × 840 mm, 1680 × 1188 mm
- Pigment print