波隆那書展,台灣插畫家能見度高

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2015 / 4月

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我國插畫家孫心瑜,於2015年義大利波隆那兒童書展,勇奪波隆那「拉加茲獎」非小說類特別獎,為該獎頒贈50年來,第一位獲此獎肯定的國人。


 孫心瑜的獲獎之作《北京遊》無字繪本,2013年2月由小魯文化出版。

 《北京遊》畫出城市新舊肌理的辯證

本屆波隆那書展,《北京遊》以One Day In Beijing(北京一日)為題,參加拉加茲評選,書中的主人翁是一位小女孩和她的貓。一言以蔽之,這是一本「娃娃看北京」的繪本,而孫心瑜藉由插畫所表達的「觀點」,正是獲獎的關鍵。

評審團分析指出,《北京遊》寓含表、裡兩個不同的層次,乍看是幫兒童導覽北京的旅遊手冊,但深入閱讀之下,便能讀出作者對於北京為了舉辦奧運會而拆除老胡同、老房子,並興建西式樓房,提出了幽微的批判。

「這是一本以黑、白色調為主的圖畫書,但幾筆彩色的線條,勾勒出主人翁遊歷北京的真實之旅和想像之旅。」

由文化部主辦的波隆那兒童書展台灣館今年以「瞧!台灣」(Ciao TAIWAN)命名,取自義大利文的您好、哈囉「Ciao」的諧音,俏皮地帶動世界看台灣。

鼓勵參賽得獎,增加國際出版能見度

每年波隆那書展各個獎項都吸引來自世界各地的參賽者角逐,其中,動輒2、3千名插畫家競逐的「波隆那插畫展」,入選就是肯定。文化部表示,自2000年至今,連續16年都有我國插畫家入選。今年除了孫心瑜更上層樓,獲拉加茲獎佳作肯定之外,另有有劉旭恭、王書曼、林廉恩、陳又凌以及徐銘宏等5位優秀插畫家獲選,在全球76名入選者中表現亮眼。

拉加茲獎分為「小說」、「非小說」、「新視界」及「處女作」共4個競賽獎項;除了「新視界」只頒給亞洲、非洲、拉丁美洲及阿拉伯國家的出版社之外,其他3個獎都是頒給插畫家。

個人獎之下,各有1位得獎人,以及數位特別獎(special mention)。在孫心瑜獲佳作的非小說插畫類,得獎的是圖文書《之前之後》,該書由法國作家與插畫家合作出版;其他獲頒特別獎的插畫家,則分別來自南韓、法國、及波蘭。文化部今年補助13本書籍報名拉加茲獎,最後由孫心瑜的《北京遊》脫穎而出。

孫心瑜得知獲獎後表示,獎項的肯定,讓她接到不少國內外出版社邀約,目前已有法國出版社主動洽詢,希望她繼《北京遊》之後,持續以無字圖畫書形式創作以「巴黎」為題材的繪本。

文化部表示,我國童書創作能量豐沛、作品極具質感,義大利波隆那兒童書展每年約有來自超過75個國家、1,200個出版社參與,非常鼓勵國內優秀的插畫家在此放手一搏。為此,文化部今年首度訂定「拉加茲獎參選補助辦法」,鼓勵台灣參展出版社報名參加國際競賽。

今年的波隆那兒童書展於3月30日開展,於4月2日閉幕。

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Taiwanese Illustrator Honored at Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Sam Ju /tr. by Geof Aberhart

At this year’s Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy, Taiwanese illustrator Sun Hsin-yu was honored with a special mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Awards. Sun’s award, in the Non-Fiction category, marks the first time in the awards’ 50 years that a Taiwanese illustrator has been recognized.


One Day in Beijing, the work for which Sun was recognized, tells its tale through pictures alone, and was first published by Tien-Wei Publishing in February 2013.

Old Beijing, New Beijing

One Day in Beijing follows a young girl and her cat on a trip around the city of Beijing, and Sun’s use of this particular perspective on the city was a key element of why she received a special mention. In their decision, the jury said: “This image-driven book works on two different levels. At first glance, it appears to be a child’s travel guide that follows a little girl and her cat round the city’s landmarks. At closer look, it reveals a subtle critique of the mass building undertaken for the recent Olympic Games, replacing traditional city areas with imposing Western-style buildings—forcing the population into faceless modern apartments. A predominantly black and white book, its flashes of colour depict the protagonist and her real and imaginary adventures throughout the city.”

Sun participated in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair as part of the “Ciao Taiwan” pavilion, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, which aimed to give visitors a more playful look at Taiwan.

Encouraging talent and raising visibility

Every year, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair attracts contestants from around the world, with between two and three thousand illustrators vying for the chance to show off their works. With competition so fierce, admission to the fair provides a sense of recognition to those who make it, and Taiwanese artists have made it every one of the past 16 years. This year Sun Hsin-yu raised the bar with her special mention, but Taiwan’s other five entrants—Liu Hsu-kung, Wang Shu-man, Lin Lian-en, Chen Yu-lin, and Hsu Ming-hong—have also stood out among the 76-strong crowd of accepted illustrators.

The Bologna Ragazzi Awards are given across four categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, New Horizons, and Opera Prima (for debut works). Each category has one winner and several special mentions. Sun’s category, Non-Fiction, was won by a French artist–writer team and their work Avant Après; other recipients of special mentions came from South Korea, France, and Poland. The ROC Ministry of Culture sponsored the submission of some 13 titles to the awards, with Sun’s One Day in Beijing rising to the top.

Since receiving the special mention, Sun says, she has entered into talks with a French publisher, and is set to follow One Day in Beijing with a similar textless work about Paris.

The Ministry of Culture says that Taiwan’s children’s book market is vibrant and boasts outstanding talent, and that Taiwanese illustrators should be encouraged to take part in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, taking their place among some 1200 publishers from 75 countries.

The 2015 Bologna Children’s Book Fair ran from March 30 through April 2, 2015.

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