Communicating the Project | 03

August 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

And we’re getting closer to a final proposal for my project…


Illustory of the Silent Victims elicits a poetic interpretation of a historical narrative through the ‘authorship’ of illustration. It is poetic in the context of embracing a sensitive and emotional style of expression. Illustory of the Silent Victims is a visual translation derived from Mayumi Itoh’s Japanese Wartime Zoo Policy: The Silent Victims of World War II. The scope of this project is framed by the narratives of Ueno Zoo, encompassing the war afflictions against those zoo animals by human folly. Through this project I’m re-creating an experience for the audience of how I visualize this trajectory of history through the illustrations I share, whilst inducing sentiments of empathy and compassion for the destroyed zoo animals. Thus, an audience with an appreciation for Modern History, an appreciation for Illustration, a concern for animals and animal welfare; would appreciate Illustory of the Silent Victims. Entailing such areas of interest is best housed in independent bookstores, where people look for something a little bit different and creative. Accordingly, Illustory of the Silent Victims would flourish in that creative and cultured environment. I am applying an aesthetic to this narrative history where the illustrations inform you of a subjective perception of a historical context. Experiencing a historical interpretation does not have to conform to pure accounts of cause and effects. The elements of cause and effect can be the premise of a narrative, where in this case; the cause is the Japanese Home Ministry enforcing the Wartime Zoo Policy for motivations of propaganda, which consequently resulted in about two hundred zoo animals destroyed. Illustory of the Silent Victims is a design of Historiography. Foremost, it manifests as a book featuring the illustrated narratives of Ueno Zoo’s destroyed animals. As an accompaniment, the project includes a poster series and a website proposal to deliver an interactive experience. Illustory of the Silent Victims offers a writing of history that is authored through illustration. It is historiography creatively conceived and executed creatively.­


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