Last weekend I attended the Tapirulan International Exhibition of Contemporary Illustration in the beautiful town of Cremona (Italy). My illustration, ‘No Comment’, was one of 48 chosen to make up the exhibition from a field of over 700 entries. The event held on Saturday the 6th at Santa Maria della Pietà, also featured an exhibition by renowned Italian cartoonist Francesco Tullio Altan.
This year is Tapirulan’s 10th anniversary and so the event’s theme was ‘X’. Illustrators were free to interpret this in any way they saw fit. Over the past few months, one of my projects had me contemplating how mass media, once essential to civic debate, free speech and democracy is today a one way conversation in which powerful corporations dictate to people what is true, what is false, what is important and what is trivial. What the mass media says and indeed, what it leaves out, is determined by the best interests of their investors, ahead of all other considerations. This is what served as the inspiration for my illustration.
The weekend in Cremona, the ceremony and Altan’s works were fantastic. In spite of obvious communication problems (my Italian is very poor), Fabio Toninelli and the rest of the Tapirulan team made me feel very welcome and I will certainly attend next year’s event.
Congratulations to Federica Bordoni and Matteo Anselmo who were assigned the Jury and People’s Choice prizes. I’ve also included my favourite illustration from the exhibition – ‘X Years Before’ by Ronny Gazzola.
Coming soon – the launch of our new store, selling collectible gifts that contest social, economic and political themes.