My poster is a diversion of the famous paint “Pollice Verso” or “Thumb-down” from French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme created in 1872. The controversy on the reality of the thumb_down during gladiator time doesn’t matter because the public still have the right to save or kill a life…
What is important to me, is how the public, anonymous persons, can have the right on penalty death on an unknown person trying to save his life. How can people make their own opinion on a situation and decide how it will end or continue? Gladiatorial is a combat but before everything an entertainment. Gladiators are looking for opportunities and self-promotion. Public make them famous or not.
How weird is our time which, through social media, seems to replicate the same entertainments with the brutalities. Is human being changed in two thousand years?
We observe exactly the same mechanism on social media. In one hand few people make incredible things trying to get famous, earn money and in a way promote themselves. In the other hand, unknown people, debate, talk, judge, observe, look and decide with the thumb (or common social media language) to like or dislike any content, any post, any page… any person.
We’s have seen how far can people go on social media and the power of the public on it.
Is social media the new arena for modern gladiatorial?
Bangkok is a city of animism where supernatural beings dwell in both natural and constructed objects. Tales of ghosts and superstitions are parts of our everyday life. There are two types of land spirits whose a majority of Thais believes in; Deity of the Land and Lord of the Place.
The blue ghosts seen in the poster represent the spirits in everyday sights throughout the city, the noble landlords who possess acres after acres of land. We, as Bangkok’s ordinary people, can do nothing apart from watching them and paying for taxes and rents to them for the rest of our lives.
In recent months, the work of sea rescuers has been made incredibly difficult by the Corona pandemic. While inaction on one front ensured falling infection figures, missions on the Mediterranean came to a complete standstill at times. Many states even took restrictive measures against non-governmental teams of sea rescuers. Allowing people to die on the Mediterranean Sea in order to further the isolation of Europe and to fight political power struggles is intolerable and speaks against any humanity.
We’re living in the times when social norms are being reconsidered and broadened, which is amazing and promising. However, when I was reading articles about the widening definition of normal, I was thinking that there would always be individuals who wouldn’t fit into the new normal paradigm. I believe there is a catch in this discussion, by defining normal we are also highlighting our differences. So, the idea of this poster was to show that not belonging could be an incredible experience, too, and there was nothing abnormal with not being normal. The poster is a bit ironical, as the creature is setting its own tail on fire (or biting it, the interpretation is up to the viewers). The poster was hand-drawn with acrylic on paper.
This work uses fingers and animals to combine graphic creativity. Because of the destruction of the nature of human beings, the killing of living things, so the creatures continue to evolve, mutate into colorful colors, but also grow human hands, in an attempt to resist this evil. Hope to warn people not to kill animals, care about the current global environmental problems.
More than 350 million tons of plastic waste are produced each year worldwide; 8 million tons end up each year in the oceans; this volume of waste increases by 3 or 4% each year; the largest portion of waste is packaging and containers. Against this disposable plastic production, we need recyclable or biodegradable packaging, and above all we must come back to returnable and reusable containers.
The poster turns our traditional role models of men and women upside down by showing Olive Oyl, not Popeye, smoking a pipe and flexing her muscles. The supposedly masculine attributes on Olivia seem rather silly and show how much clichéd role models have manifested themselves in our minds.
The poster announces the annihilation of the world caused by humans. The poster humorously references Posters of classic Monster Films. Because the scariest Monster of them all is not the next Godzilla but the human. In our time of the Anthropocene, he chews his way through the world while drooling all over the place. The legs and arms of the parasite wrap greedily around the world while it slowly melts. Shortage of resources, climate change and species extinction have become common problems, which require more radical actions. Because the end of the world will not happen dramatically like in a disaster movie, but slowly with every day the world is exploited by humans to the point of maximum profit.
The focus of my poster is beauty and how we deal with wild, urban nature, which flourishes in locations that are heavily influenced by humans (wasteland, old industrial areas). This so-called 4th nature does not fit into our classic concept of beauty due to its rampant and unadorned aesthetics and is often not given much attention. Nonetheless its heterogeneity enables one great biodiversity in urban areas and creates the opportunity to experience wild nature close to city-centers. However, these areas mostly only exist temporarily, as they fall victim to new construction projects in the course of urbanization and densification.
After hearing the news that “Japan is going to dump nuclear waste water into the Pacific Ocean”, I believe everyone’s mood and expression in the world are just like this poster, dazed and anxious… This expression has been integrated with the spread of nuclear waste water in the Pacific Ocean, so as to warn the whole mankind to resolutely oppose this behavior.
For 10 years, the infrastructures of the Football World Cup are being built in Qatar. For 10 years, a silent massacre is happening there: the massacre of Indian, Pakistani, Nepalese, Bengali, Sri Lankan workers, reduced to near slavery conditions. At least 6500 workers died on those building sites according to The Guardian.
42 years ago, the French graphic designer, Alain Le Quernec, created a poster to alert people about the World Cup in Argentina where Videla’s bloody dictatorship raged. In reference to this previous « shame cup » and as a tribute to Alain, I have revisited his graphic idea today to denounce this new mass grave on which a party will be hosted, with the complicity of FIFA and our governments.
Flourishing of social media has led to the global shift in how we perceive privacy. Being normalized in everyday life, constant violations of confidentiality make us wonder where is the boundary which separates private from public. In this whirlpool of doubt and caution, everywhere and all the time we feel persistent presence of someone else. Someone who is watching.
The self-determined message communicates a clear statement for the emancipation of girls and women. The childlike style of handwriting expresses that we learn the view of female and male gender roles at an early age. Therefore, the foundation of future equality and equal opportunities can be set at an early stage in life.
The poster deeply digs and creatively from the phenomenon of life, using graphics to show the last scene of people falling into the water asking for help, while the people close at hand are taking photos as a rubberneck, thus criticizing this strange phenomenon of “indifference”, hoping to wake up the people’s sense of social responsibility, and make it a social atmosphere to be brave and good.
The application of military drones has greatly reduced the risks and costs of bombing. For certain political authorities and interests, the new technology provides the convenience to harm innocent civilians in the name of justice. Facing violent tactics like bombing, the figure of the picture is howling from the bottom of his heart: NO!
Anti-Semitic incidents are flaring up again at an alarming rate in Germany.
Jews have been the target of hatred and incitement, not only since Halle – acts of violence, insults or incitement of the people. Jewish citizens are rightly concerned. Together we must take action against emerging anti-Semitism and raise awareness and consciousness in society.
men can use makeup,
men can wear dresses,
women must not want children,
men are vulnerable,
women can get violent,
men can love men,
women can love women,
men can like pink,
women can have body hair,
men don’t have to be muscular,
women don’t have to be thin,
men don’t have to love sex,
women can be good bosses
Light, symbolizing life, happiness, hope, justice and sacredness, conveys the most glorious and spectacular impression to mankind. While it has a guiding role, it can also cause the instinctive excitement and joy of all things of life. But we are at home with mobile phones in our hands, so where is the hope of mankind now? Where does this light lead us? Maybe in the next generation.
Over 70 years ago the fundamental human rights were enshrined by the United Nations for every human being on the planet – Yet almost everywhere around the world, women and girls are still denied them, often simply because of their gender. Ranging from the right to live free from violence and discrimination – including domestic violence, sexual assault, forced marriage, trafficking and awful practices such as female genital mutilation. To the right to be educated; to own property; to vote; to run for office; to earn an equal wage.
With my piece, I wanted to make a layout that could give a distant feeling of what it’s like to suffer from the disease. As a visual realization, especially in background with the contest for Mut zur Wut, I was looking for a way to bring the topic to an understandable point and with the help of which you can put yourself a little bit into the depressive state. My experiences with depression have led me to make a personal contribution to this topic. On the one hand, I wanted to tell those affected that they are not alone with their feelings and to give people who find it difficult to put themselves in this position a visual clue: Look, the world is hidden behind it (or a good poster;-), but it is not available to you. Be brave! Talk about it.