Open Call for Artists – “Design a Wish for Greece!” Registration Extended to 30 Oct 2012


The exhibition that will travel to 25 big cities around the world! Photography, Paintings, Collages, Graphics, Drawings, Illustrations or whatever you can develop! The Santorini Biennale of Arts announces the “Design a wish for Greece” International Poster Competition, a parallel project that aims to support the image of Modern Greece around the world.

Exhibitions from 10 Jan 2013 to 10 Mar 2013, in 25 Cities around the world (same artworks to all exhibiting cities!) and in Santorini:

→ From 10 Jan 2013 – 10 Mar 2013 in Tokyo, Seóul, Mumbai, Calcutta, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Shanghai, Beijing, Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, London, Berlin, Moscow, Paris, Milano, Rome, Madrid, Athens, Thessaloniki, Tel Aviv.

→ From 20 Apr 2013 – 30 Sept 2013 in Santorini!


Looking back to all those articles of the latest years the world press published about Greece and its economy, you can realize that our reputation as country and as people depends from them. There are articles reffering to the typtic of the Greek economy, politics and society but the big part of them serve mainly the interests of some economic power centers or in other cases they just earn some internet publicity with “how unable we are!”.

Scams by politicians and citizens, poverty, hunger, low living standards, dieback, poor and bad quality tourism services, damaged social psychology, suicides due to financial problems and violent facts are given to the press with a certain “study” aiming to anticipate a total fall. Not only an economical but mainly a fall of our dignity and prestige. Of course all above is true that are happening but the way they are expressed create a racism that starts from our economic situation.

It is unacceptable that the Greeks are considered today as people of lower class and they are treated with suspicion internationally!

Artists and professionals of the artistic environment know well that the message the art produce can have a significant role in changing this!


Kikos Papadopoulos (GR), Dimitra Trogaidou (GR), Gregory Frangos (GR), Mina Diavataki (USA), Tassos Kitsopoulos (GR), Katia Papadopoulos (UK), Dimos Manolidis (AR), Constantina Efraimoglou (TR), Manos Trabakis (GR), Afroditi Kontopoulou (GR), Marialena Tzitzi (GR).

Read here how to participate:


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. (

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