The collaboration between the Saari Residence and Photographic Gallery Hippolyte dates back to 2013. In November, Hippolyte will present the fifth collaboration exhibition: Shapereader, an exhibition of experimental, tactile comics by Ilan Manouach.
Shapereader, developed by Ilan Manouach, is a repertoire of shapes that transforms images and meaning into touchable, tactile formations. It is a repertoire of forms and patterns that constitutes a coherent attempt to translate images and meanings into tactile formations. Shapereader is an experimental approach to graphic novel storytelling, and its purpose is to ‘translate’ graphic novels for visually impaired readers. Through this constructed language its reader will find possibilities to access, experience and enjoy visual narratives even with no, or impaired, vision. Presented as plates that can be touched and traced with fingertips, Shapereader consists of an expanding number of tactile, touchable ideograms, or tactigrams, that provide equivalents for all elements of a story – its semantic features, conceptual functions and textual attributes.
Photographic Gallery Hippolyte
Yrjönkatu 8-10 courtyard, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
+3589 612 3344, www.hippolyte.fi