The illustration of Taiwan on tour

Website: Various offices (Italy).

TaTo is the acronym for Taiwan on Tour because it aims to take a selection of publications, illustrations, self-productions and stationery, all made in Taiwan, to travel through Italy. TaTo is a colorful and “tattooed” caravan dedicated to Taiwanese illustration that will stop at a number of important Italian festivals, including Illustri (Vicenza), Graphic Days (Turin), Fruit Exhibition (Bologna) and BookCity (Milan). Starting point and opening launch on June 23 in Milan in the garden at Noi Libreria.

Taiwan, or also the Republic of China, is a small island state declaring independence from mainland China, famous worldwide for its semiconductor manufacturing and technology industry. Although they do not formally recognize it, almost all Western states have commercial relations with this country. However, the wealth of this state lies not only in the chips. Its cultural heritage is recognized as a capital to be protected and promoted. For this reason, the editorial production, as well as the pictorial and cinematic, is rich and uncensored in Taiwan.

TaTo is both content and container, both artistic heritage in motion (in the form of books, prints, own productions, stationery and other illustrated objects) and means of transport. Noi Libreria and Noi Altri Cultural Association, realities specializing in the dissemination and promotion of visual arts, have undertaken a research path among Taiwanese writers, more and less well known, and brought to this part of the globe a rich catalog of illustrations, books, graphic novel. , gift items and stationery. This entire legacy, like a treasure, has been placed in a four-wheeled coffin, an old 1979 Fiat 238 van, which has been retrofitted to archive and display this extensive catalog.

In addition to the one-flag bookstore, TaTo also leads the collective exhibition that will be set up at each stage by eight Taiwanese artists: Chia Ying Lin, Chu-li Chen, Hsiao-Chi Chang, Huiyin Hsueh, Lian-An Lin , Pei-Hsiu Chen, Pei-Fen Hsieh and Yi-Wen Huang.

Departure from Milan with the initial launch celebrated on June 23 in the shadow of the Noi Libreria garden (via delle Leghe 18). Vicenza Direction for Festival (June 25-26), a milestone and highly anticipated event in the panorama of Italian illustration and graphics. From here a short summer break, and then back on the road to reach Turin for the graphic days (17 – 18 September), a festival dedicated to graphics and visual communication, an inevitable moment for fans of the sector. Just enough time to refuel again and again on the march to Bologna for the tenth edition of the Fruit Exhibition (September 30 – October 2). Three days of pictures and books in the city that can declare themselves the capital of Italian visual culture thanks to events such as the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and the BilBolBul Festival. Finally, to close 2022, I return to Milan, which during Bookcity (November 16-20) lights up with hundreds of events and presentations that TaTo (all cleaned and polished) must not miss.

The exhibition
TaTo brings with it a cultural baggage that consists of books, self-productions, graphic novels and objects, all coming from the island of Formosa. Along with the publishing heritage, TaTo takes with it a group exhibition, which will be set up at each stage of the journey. Exhibited by eight artists selected by Noi Libreria.
Chia Ying Lin, Taipei-based illustrator and visual creator, is interested in human behavior, psychology, and nature. She worked as a graphic designer in the digital marketing, medical and advertising sector before becoming a freelancer after graduating from Kingston University in London.
Chu-li Chen is an illustrator, graphic designer and artist from Taoyuan City. She completed a master’s degree in sequential design and illustration from the University of Brighton, UK. Since 2009, he has worked with both editorial and commercial illustration using collage, engraving and drawing to create warm, textured images. He has also recently started making abstract sculptures. All the illustrations used in the graphic characterization of TaTo are his.
Hsiao-Chi Chang, an illustrator currently living in Taipei, has a whimsical and playful style, often inspired by the fun situations that happen to her. What drives her to create is the desire to play and express her feelings. Most of his works are illustrations for children. She usually works with acrylics, watercolors, gouache and digital tools, but she also likes to experiment with new techniques.
Huiyin Hsueh, a freelance illustrator who has won many awards, has participated in exhibitions and illustrated books. Love painting, ceramics and all the little things in everyday life. She has a special fondness for trees and succulents and considers herself lucky to be able to live in a suburban house with a large, plant-filled patio in Taoyuan City. For her, it is a lot of fun to be away from city centers and have a green lifestyle.
Lian-An Lin freelance illustrator from Taipei, always tries to combine reality and fantasy in his drawings. Loves motivational books, children’s art, old things and walks in the countryside. From all these things he draws inspiration for his work.
Pei-Hsiu Chen, originally an archaeological illustrator at Sinica Academy (Taiwan), now publishes his work in magazines, newspapers and books. His most recent titles include The Dentist and Moving the Village. She was selected for the Angoulême Award 2015 for young talent and also spent a residency at the Maison des auteurs in Angoulême.
Pei-Fen Hsieh, an illustrator and graphic designer who grew up in Taipei, currently lives in Pingtung in southern Taiwan. After studying law, she decided to enroll in the Master of Art in Graphic Design at Edinburgh College of Art. For her, it’s more important to have fun making things interesting than to make them look good. Look closely at the little things in everyday life. She loves to combine hand-drawn textured textures and digital collages.
Yi-Wen Huang began her career as an illustrator in 2019. It is important for her to add variety to her works, especially when it comes to creating picture books. In his works, he loves to experiment with different materials and textures. She is convinced that picture books are not only meant for children but also for adults of all ages.

Selected image
Pei-Hsiu Chen – Moon (del.)

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