Sep 25, 2012

City Tales, as Presented by the Goethe Institut

Here's an interesting project the Goethe Institut is putting out. From May this year until April of next, nine artists from nine different cities in Germany, SouthEast Asia (yes, including the Philippines!), and Australia are given a theme each month and they're asked to create a one-pager around that theme as it relates to their city.

The contrast in styles is interesting. Songsin Tiewsomboon, from Bangkok, employs a more text-heavy style, while Mandy Ord from Melbourne is more reminiscent of iconoclastic autobiographical indie artists and gets a lot of emotion through his expressionistic art style. And Lyndon Gregorio of the Philippines employs a more traditional cartooning style with more unconventional layouts!

I think it'd be a bit too much of a generalization to say that every artist perfectly represents his or her country, as surely there's diversity in style everywhere. It is interesting, however, to see how the participating artists differ from the others.

The artists are:

Songsin Tiewsomboon, Bangkok, Thailand

Mawil, Berlin, Germany

Sascha Hommer, Hamburg, Germany

Nguyen Thanh Phong, Hanoi, Vietnam

Beng Rahadian, Jakarta, Indonesia

Sidney Tan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Lyndon Gregorio, Manila, Philippines

Mandy Ord, Melbourne, Australia

Wee Tian Beng, Singapore

Go check it out!

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