OPEN CALL for all designers and artists | MEDFaces. Faces of the Mediterranean

OPEN CALL for all designers and artists.
I, recently, participated in the project MEDfaces Rostres de la mediterrània. Faces of the Mediterranean, a collective art project initiated by the Barcelona based “Stop Mare Mortum” platform.
It is an OPEN CALL to artists for creating a digital collection for each life lost in the Mediterranean since the year 2000. It is another way to denounce the deaths of thousands of people European frontiers and to reflect on the situation of refugees who are trying to reach Europe through the mediterranean sea.
The objective is to gather one artwork for each victim of the Mediterranean borders (38,000 !!! from the year 2000 to present). All projects will be used for public actions (exhibitions, publications, printing, video, etc.) to raise public awareness and change of European foreign and immigration policy.
So far, artists from 32 countries have sent around 395 works and parts of the collection have been seen in 52 exhibitions around Europe.
Each image explains a story, mixes optimism and hope, sadness, anger, despair or protest and has its own personality, is different and special. Every one of our sisters and brothers, drowned in the sea, has lost a life full of dreams, abilities, ideas, and feelings. We are not talking about numbers and statistics, but of people who like everyone on earth, shall be free to leave any country, including his own. As long as so many states suffer under war, poverty or totalitarianism, people need a safe way of traveling towards a dignified life, a better future, equal rights, and justice.
We want the Mediterranean to be a sea of encounter and exchange and not a mass grave of people feeling misery.

Check out some of the participation and send yours @theMEDfaces

“I had a hope”
by Maria Papaefstathiou
Athens, Greece

“Lost in the sea”
by Maria Papaefstathiou
Athens, Greece

“Lost soul”
by Maria Papaefstathiou
Athens, Greece

“Shadow cry”
late Michael Thompson
aka Freestylee Artist Without Borders,
Kingston, Jamaica
adjustment by Maria Papaefstathiou aka It’s Just Me (Freestylee Art-Rep)

“Drowning me”
by late Michael Thompson,
aka Freestylee Artist Without Borders,
Kingston, Jamaica
adjustment by Maria Papaefstathiou
aka It’s Just Me (Freestylee Art-Rep)

by a young participant of a #MEDfaces
creative workshop
Sallent, Catalonia

“Not easy”
by Yorgos K
Berlin, Germany

by Giannis Stamenitis
Liti, Thessaloniki, Greece

“Emily Sini”
by Pernan Goñi Olalde
Bilbao, Basque Country

by Agnès Ros Sarmiento
Barcelona, Catalunya.
Instagram: @nesrossar

by Klimis,
Drama, Greece.
Link: klimiscomix/

“Lost dream”
by Uyiosa Aghahowa
Capannoli (Pisa), Italy
Instagram: @Princeaghahowa

by muraleslian
Bilbo, Euskal Herria
instagram: @muraleslian

by Alexis Bukowski,
Sant Boi de Llobregat, Catalunya
Link: alexisbukowski_illustration/

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. (