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Translational imagery. Revealing the invisible aspects from things through the abstract translational technique

Translation is essentially the work of interpreting and deciphering the original object and recreating unknown signs that have not yet been expressed within the object. The project questioned about the material limitations of linguistic translation in performing the tasks of translation and explains why translation is essentially an incomplete work. As a partial alternative to this instability, it presented visual translations where diverse languages were used. Following this, it proceeded with a practical-based study, starting with the question of how visual translation through the subjective language of visual translators can eventually visualize the invisible aspects of the object.

The project pursues this question on the medium perspectives with graphics, photographs and typography which are the main tool of visual communication. As part of a practical approach, the author translated a single photograph through these mediums to look at its unique characteristics from the translator’s perspective and to comprehend how it was used in the translation process and affected the interpretation of images. These translational images enhance the quality of visual information delivered from traditional linguistic translations and give readers various visual experiences. Also, it leaves readers open questions by being read imperfectly and encourages active image literacy.
Basel, 2021