“Now, instead of a mass audience consuming media from a single source, we have multiple sources, multiple channels and multiple audiences. Every participant is potentially a sender as well as a receiver of information, and the barrier to entry is no longer the fortune required to set up a TV station or a newspaper, but the price of a PC and an Internet connection. Much of contemporary political graphics in particular is designed with the internet in mind…with the steady growth of broadband connection, a full-color poster can be created as a digital file small enough either to send by email or to download from a website set up for the purpose, and printed by the recipient in as many copies as necessary or simply passed on digitally.”
—Colin Moore, Propaganda Prints: A History of Art in the Service of Social and Political Change, A+C Books, London, 2011
Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001–2012 is the third exhibition in a trilogy focusing on socially conscious posters*, Graphic Advocacy features 122 works from 32 countries worldwide. As a medium for social change, posters record our struggles for peace, social justice, environmental defense, and liberation from oppression. From the confrontational and political, to the promotional, persuasive and educational, the poster in all its forms has persisted as a vehicle for the public dissemination of ideas, information, and opinion. Ready access to broadband and mobile communications and to digital production technologies has expanded the poster’s role beyond the printed surface, creating a contemporary tool for support and protest that is still a cornerstone of 21st century advocacy.
Exhibition organized and curated by Elizabeth Resnick, Professor, Chair, Graphic Design, Massachusetts College of Art ad Design, Boston, Massachusetts USA.
*Graphic Imperative: International Posters of Peace, Social Justice and The Environment 1965–2005 (www.thegraphicimperative.org);
Graphic Intervention: International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985–2010 (www.graphicintervention.org)
Here we feature just a small collection of 30 posters consisting the Graphic Advocacy.
ABCNT Lioness | Free Political Prisoners
Frank Arbelo | Because this mouth is mine!
Rich Black | Direct Action
Antonio Castro | Migrant-Workers
Michelle Brook | Bleed Out Katrina
Paul Zwolak | Free Iran
Egor Zhgun | Catcher
Erin Wright | Death is not justice
Joe Wirtheim | Break New Ground
Gregoire Vion | Occupy
Michael Thompson | HAITI Earthquake Relief
Giulia Spanghero | Bleeding Haiti
Marlena Buczek Smith | Haitis dream of clean water
Medhi Saeedi | Child Labour
Viktor Barrera | No More Landmines
Methane Studios | Haiti
Belen Mena | Year of Forest
Belen Mena | Japon Afiche Marzo
Susana Machicao | Gender Education
Li Haiping | Victory
Yossi Lemel | Fukushima Mon Amour
Justin Kamerer | Weapons art
Götz Gramlich | Hope for Sichuan
Ivan Gazdov | Silhouette
John Foster | Hurricane Katrina
Carlo Paolo Espiritu | Piti Piti Haiti
Eric Drooker | Occupy the Streets
Marion Deuchars | Where is My Hope
Fang Chen | We Are One
Exhibition curated by Elizabeth Resnick, Professor, Chair, Graphic Design, Massachusetts College of Art ad Design.
* Graphic Imperative: International Posters of Peace, Social Justice and The Environment 1965–2005 (www.thegraphicimperative.org); Graphic Intervention: International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985–2010 (www.graphicintervention.org)
Website for Graphic Advocacy will be on-line by the end of January 2013: www.graphicadvocacyposters.org
Posters for the Digital Age, by Elizabeth Resnick, will be published by Vivays Publishing Company, Ltd. London in Fall 2013. The book contains 150 poster images, 122 posters from the exhibition plus 28 more.
January 15–March 2, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m., light refreshments
Open and free to the public
Stephen D. Paine Gallery, South Hall
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Boston, Massachusetts 02115 USA
Elizabeth Resnick, professor and current Chair of Graphic Design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, holds both a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has served on the Board of Directors of the AIGA Boston chapter and has organized numerous graphic design lectures and events over the past 15 years including six large exhibitions: Russell Mills: Within/Without (1991) with Teresa Flavin; Dutch Graphic Design: 1918-1945 (1994) with Alston W. Purvis; Makoto Saito: Art of the Poster (1999) with Jan Kubasiewicz.; The Graphic Imperative: International Posters of Peace, Social Justice and The Environment (2005) with Chaz Maviyane-Davies and Frank Baseman; Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985–2010 with Javier Cortés (2010); and Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age: 2001–2012 (2012). Her book publications include “Design for Communication: Conceptual Graphic Design Basics” for John Wiley & Sons Publishers (2003), and “Graphic Design: A Problem-Solving Approach to Visual Communication for Prentice-Hall Publications” (1984).