This website lets you see the world through illustrations


From the steps of Jama Masjid, the scene that unfurls is a blur of color. Boys enjoying an intense recreation of cricket, a sole blue kite wandering the expanses of the sky, vivid buildings huddled collectively, the distant cacophony of horns…

A second later, silence takes over as we observe the course of a dry river mattress in Alice Springs, Australia, adopted by lush meadows, cattle and the imposing Alps in Austria.

So, the place to subsequent? Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhavan’s newest undertaking Graphic Travelogues, takes viewers on a journey round the world.

The website has an interactive map of the world, with little photographs, marking the cities which can be prepared with works of comedian artists. This contains sketches, graphic novels, graphic diaries and illustrations. There are works of 18 artists to select from now, unfold throughout Delhi, Bengaluru, Cairo, Havana and Istanbul amongst others.

Casablanca by Calle Claus
 

“Goethe Institut, all over the world, works with different art forms; one of them is visual arts and graphic novels,” says Thomas Meyer, (director of Information Services, Region South Asia, Goethe-Institut), including, “Sometimes we do residencies with comic artists and notice that their travel experiences resonate in their comics. We thought it’s such a nice collection and wanted to make that visible.”

Though these are illustrations, you can nearly hear the sounds and odor the air of the location depicted. For instance, the jalebis on the streets of Delhi, or the contemporary popcorn and salty scent of the sea in Casablanca.

Toggling between cities in several nations additionally highlights similarities that a few of them share. Some might be clichés, and a few eyeopeners. It is completely the perspective of the artist, what he/she sees, experiences and imbibes from a spot or a scene.

While images is generally related to travelogues, Thomas stated their analysis discovered there’s potential for “travelling through comics”. “This art form adds a new perspective. Though you can depict a lot of things in photographs, it is a moment in time. But in a comic, there can be multiple perspectives and you can add text to it,” says Thomas.

The website additionally lists classes comparable to Everyday Heroes, City Explorers, Seekers of Meaning, Adventurers and Gourmets, to attract in several types of travellers and pique their curiosity. “Travel is an important factor. COVID-19 has changed it,” says Thomas, including, “It is interesting to see how art in graphic travelogues copes with this phenomena of travelling.”

“Our target groups are people interested in travelling and comics. Through this we are providing them with the possibility of discovering new places even when they are not able to leave their couch,” he says.

There are works from artists from round the globe: Germany, Russia, India. The concept was to have a world perspective and showcase a wide range of kinds and nations.

STheir social media pages are additionally energetic with artists giving a peek into how graphic novels are developed.

For particulars, go surfing to http://www.goethe.de/india/

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