Opening 'Illustratum' Erasmus Gallery
Independent and critical journalism goes hand in hand with the use of illustrations. On september 19th the exhibitions Illustratum opens at the Erasmus Gallery and is entirely devoted to illustrations.
Whereas the writing journalist uses the word to convey news and opinion, the illustrator/cartoonist uses the (drawn) image to comment on social and political developments in the world. Even more than a photographer, with an image the illustrator can provide clarification and criticism and play a role in the public debate.
‘a picture is worth a thousand words’
This exhibition is entirely devoted to illustrations. A selection has been made of original drawings made between approx 1970 and 1995 by illustrators, artists and talented students for the independent, journalistic university newspaper Quod Novum*. In addition, artist Luuk Bode made two illustrations on the walls, grafted onto the nostalgia of smoky editorial meetings, printed media, and the high degree of independence of the magazine.
During the opening Wieneke Gunneweg, editor-in-chief of Erasmus Magazine (EM), will talk to artist Luuk Bode and 'The Erasmus Music Collective' will play live-music.
*Quod Novum, started as an independent journalism medium at Erasmus University after the wave of democratisation that took place at Dutch universities in the late 1960s and is forerunner of the current independent online platform Erasmus Magazine.