The symbols are relative. Different functions can be named depending on where and how they are used. Sometimes a symbol has no meaning to someone. In the same way, concepts are relative too. Sometimes they’re not even concepts, they’re only words. Such as “Peace”.
Laura Holst & Carolin Eberhardt
In 2050, 3x more plastic could swim in the sea than fish. There are already 6x more plastic in the water than plankton in many parts of the sea and many seabirds and marine mammals die from contact with plastic waste. A single plastic bottle takes 450 years to decompose in the sea, but it never dissolves completely, but splits only into small, barely visible plastic particles.
We need to rethink how we treat our environment. People should be made aware of this issue because it affects each of us!
Maryam Khaleghi Yazdi
These days parents are very busy. They are tied up at their works. So they can’t pay enough attention to their children. Kids need to play and get attention, but who can give it to them? The tired and angry parents after a hard day? No. It doesn’t sounds good. So the only one who can play with them is their computer with its exiting games and web sites. But are all of the games and websites safe for the little children? Do the parents know anything about the virtual world, in which their children drown? If just one parent could image their kid in the virtual world as this little boy watching this poster is enough.
Same Old Story
The idea of the poster came out recently when the Native American tribe Sioux were protesting against the installation of an oil pipeline in their reservation Standing Rock in North Dakota. This protest became widely known, especially because of the violence the U.S. Government used with riot police and the army. This is only the origin of the idea, but the main thing is that times change (from the old times of the Conquest of the West to nowadays, from the “romantic” cowboy to the non-romantic at all riot police), but the oppression is always there, and it’s used always by the same oppressor. And we could extend this idea to every era, situation or geographic place.
Freedom of Expression
Each individual has the right of freedom of speech and expression. The freedom of information is the most important threat for antidemocratic regimes; hence, attacks against the freedom of speech are a daily occurrence on all continents. I have chosen the image of the famous videogame Pac-Man of the 80ies. Pac-Man consists of bullet casings and chases a pencil, the instrument of writing and the symbol of the freedom of expression, and tries to eat it.
According to Wikipedia, there are more than 30 ongoing military conflicts all over the world – excluding riots like the current ones in Turkey. Most of the conflicts are still faded out from public attention, even though social media puts us into the position of observers and confidants.
What a wonderful world
This poster was designed to show the double moral in treating animals.
Kids are raised by their parents with books showing cute farm animals and happy people.
A wonderful world is presented to them, in which people and animals live in harmony.
On contrary the cute little pigs, sheep, and chicken are not given any second thought when they make it onto our bread for breakfast or into our dishes for lunch and dinner. We live in an illusion of a harmonic world created by ourselves, keeping our eyes shut for the harm that is done to animals.
The Wiesenhof brand uses the image of a small country house on a green field, with a few trees, to promote their products. It is meant to sell the idea of idyllic farms and happy chickens. Through extensive marketing the brand is very well-known in Germany, calling itself “the #1 poultry brand”. Every third chicken eaten is from Wiesenhof. The PHW-Group, which owns Wiesenhof, is the #1 animal exploitation company in Germany, and third largest in Europe regarding chicken farming, poultry raising and chicken slaughter. Every week this group slaughters around 4,5 million chickens.
In many Islamic countries women rights are suppressed, there are too many rules and they have to dress in overall burkas that look like restraining cages, exposing only eyes that resemble a small prison window revealing a trace of light. This appeal is intended to loosen the restrictions on women.
The poster represents the contradiction between the Mediterranean sea as a holiday destination for people living in well-being and the sea as a place of death for the refugees and the desperate who cross it in search of a better life. On the inflatable mat of a charming pink a white woman sunbathes with sunglasses indifferent to corpses on the seabed. In the same way the well-being of the first world floats on the exploitation of the poorest areas of the world.
Female Genital Mutilation
Despite years of globalization, the genital female mutilation, it still continues as a ritual of great importance in countries in africa, some of them in the middle east, in communities of asia, north america, latin america and europe.
The rights of women are violated since their childhood, inherits the girl, by a single tradition; death disease chronicles, psychological trauma, countless irreversible damage for life.
This poster requires a high female genital mutilation stop, and women have the right to decide on her body, on her way of thinking, and about their well-being, fortunately, mexico is a country that no count with alarming number in this mutilation genital ritual, and not to suffer this problematic in mexico don´t forced us to limit ourselves to do not demonstrate this problem, this poster is a cry of support for them, the women who have been mutilated and at the same time a protest cry for those who are still practicing this action.
There are millions of birds and hundreds of thousands of sea mammals dying around the world because of the waste in the oceans. A lot of animals confuse plastic particles with food and starve to death, the stomach full of plastic. For example there are 95% of fulmars dying with plastic in their stomachs (27 particles per bird).
I quote a poster from Pierre Mendell for the “Kieler Woche”, a sailing regatta and a big public festival at the German Sea. I changed the text and substituted the paper-sail by plastic-sail.
In your head
A little voice in our head. We trust it, as we feel it is our own. It knows what we want, what we need, what’s right and wrong. It seems we have made up our own mind, relying on the “independent” and “trustworthy” information network Facebook. Though it is merely an echo-chamber created by algorithms, which constantly gives us this affirmation.
Who uses facebook anyway?
1,4 billion daily active users, and 2,2 billion users in total. That’s more than a quarter of all people alive. In Europe and the US it makes up half the population. This enormous potential of influence is not only abused commercially, but also for political propaganda and manipulation.
If it bleeds, it leads
Action und Panik haben sich im Nachrichtengeschäft schon immer am besten verkauft, ganz nach dem Motto “If it bleeds, it leads”. Was mich enorm stört, ist dabei jedoch die immer aktivere Rolle der Nachrichtensender, die sich längst nicht mehr auf die reine Berichterstattung beschränken. Statt nur zu beobachten, betätigen sie oftmals sozusagen selbst den Abzug – ohne Rücksicht auf Verluste.
The Swiss popular initiative “Against mass immigration”, launched by the national conservative swiss peoples party, was accepted by a majority of the electorate (50,3%). It aims to limit immigration through quotas. This not only causes a loss of image, but threatens the bilateral treaties between the European Union and Switzerland. It’s a shame.