Italian Poster Biennal | Call for Entries

Vox populi states that we’re living the era of image. Visual communication is a form of language which is immediate and reachable by anybody, an ideal vehicle of ideas and bearer of vivacious debate.

The aims of the Italian Poster Biennal will be:
1. Debating over issues of social importance, spreading a humanistic and democratic culture. In particular this time the main theme of the event will be “WAR / Homo homini lupus“
2. Reflect and discuss about the current state of international poster-design;
3. Being a circumstance for celebration and socialization. Organizators believe that design can change the world, can help people to be more free-minded.
In any designer should be a bit of the soul of Odysseus, his eagerness to venture into unknown seas, a little bit of courage. Intellectual curiosity is the only one that will allow people to increase their knowledge and have a critical attitude (that is, the attitude of a free-man).
So: be brave and curious!

Selection Commitee (jury)
The Selection commitee is composed by 3 italian and 8 international famous poster designers.
Francesca Agate / Italy
Iva Babaja / Croatia
Pablo Di Firma / Argentina
Cinzia Ferrara / Italy
Isidro Ferrer / Spain
Ryszard Kaja / Poland
Yossi Lemel / Israel
Luba Lukova / Usa
Francesco Mazzenga / Italy
Eric Olivares Lira / Mexico
Istvàn Orosz / Hungary

For more informnation http://www.italianposterbiennal.it/

Design a poster that gives a positive message of hope, showing the way to defeat the value systems which generated economic disparities and conflicts, racial hate, underdeveloped countries, and blindness the sacred nature of life.
Show the existence of a healing power of dialogue which allows us to transcend egocentrism and selfishness thus opening the world to compassion and love: “To reach this great purpose of the well-being of all humankind we should start from an internal disarment ” (Masao Yokota).
Posters condemning war itself are also welcome. However designers are invited to avoid the perpetuation of visual clichés as they wouldn’t offer anything new to debate.

Start Desgining now!
Submit on 9th December, 2014 until 15th April, 2015.

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Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

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