In Vicenza TATO – Taiwan on tour

TATO – Taiwan on tour

From June 23, the new project is curated by the cultural association Noi Altri with NOI Libreria in Milan to take a selection of publications, illustrations, self-productions and stationery, all made in Taiwan, to travel through Italy.

TATO is the new ruthless project curated byKulturforeningen Noi Altri with American Library from Milan. 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 throughout Italy.

A colorful and “tattooed” van that takes the Taiwanese illustration with it on the road stops at a number of important Italian festivals, including Illustri (Vicenza), Graphic Days (Torino), Fruit Exhibition (Bologna) and BookCity (Milan). Starting point and opening launch on June 23 in Milan in the garden of NOI Libreria.

Taiwan, or even the Republic of China,

is a small island state declaring its 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 it is both content and container, both artistic heritage in motion (in the form of books, prints, own productions, stationery and other illustrated objects) and a means of transport.

NOI Libreria and Noi Altri Cultural Association, realities specializing in the dissemination and promotion of visual arts, have embarked on a research path among Taiwanese writers, more and less well-known, bringing to this part of the globe a rich catalog of illustrations, books, graphic novels, gift items and stationery.

This entire legacy, like a treasure, has been placed in a four-wheeled coffin, an old FIAT 238 van from 1979, which has been adapted to archive and display this extensive catalog.

In addition to the single-flag bookstore, TATO also leads collective exhibition which will be set up at each step of 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 garden NOI Libreria (via delle Leghe 18). Direction Vicenza, Illustrious Festival (June 25-26)milestone and much awaited 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 itself 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. Together with the publishing heritage, TATO takes a group exhibition on its journey, which is set up at each stage of the journey. Exhibited by eight artists selected by the American Library.

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, medicine 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 Changan illustrator currently living in Taipei has an extravagant 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 Hsuehfreelance illustrator who has won many awards, 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, in her drawings she always tries to combine reality and fantasy.

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, he 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 his 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.

The middle

TATO knows how not to go unnoticed. The Fiat 238 model is a medium-sized van, put into production by the Torino-based company in the late 1960s and retired in the early 1980s.

It competes with the best-known and most acclaimed Volkswagen T2 in terms of aesthetics, but the graphic design created from Chu-li Chen’s illustrations now makes this 238 a unique, almost museum-like piece.

The interior has been freed up to provide space for exhibitors and containers for the exhibited works and for books.

A simple project that aims at functionality and rationalization of space to optimize set-up and dismantling times.

TATO is a project of the cultural association NOI Altri e Noi Libreria, supported by the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture with the support of the Department of Culture of the Taipei Representation Office in Italy.

Kulturforeningen NOI Andre

was born in 2020 with the aim of promoting and promoting the development and innovation in illustration, communication and visual arts through the organization of cultural, artistic and educational activities of various types (courses, workshops, competitions, etc …) as through the creation of Editorial content.

American Library

opens in via delle Leghe 18, Milan, in the NoLo district in 2019.
In a very short time, it will become a point of reference in the area’s cultural life, but also an institution recognized among artists, illustrators, writers and publishers. On its shelves you can find fiction books, essays, travel books, independent magazines, cooking manuals, photo books, design and architecture books, art books, graphic novels, children’s books, artist books, pop-ups for books, flip-books … and many bizarre books , for which it is difficult to find a category.

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