14 July – 3 August 2011
The Voices in Freedom initiative invited 110 designers from 35 countries to contribute to the International Poster Biennial of Mexico by designing posters expressing “freedom”. The collection, inaugurated in Mexico in September 2010, has also been exhibited in China, Colombia, Italy, Japan, Russia and Uruguay.
Sindiso Nyoni, a participating designer in Voices in Freedom, presented the collective exhibition at the FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg from 14 July – 3 August 2011.
Sindiso completed his University of Johannesburg BTech Degree in Graphic Design in 2008 and is currently an Art Director at Black River FC. He is an award winning designer/illustrator, who combines traditional and digital media to create a uniquely African street style. Sindiso says, “Being invited to participate and form part of the collection of activist orientated posters was a humbling sign of recognition for me. I’m honoured to share wall space with the likes of Chaz Maviyane-Davies of Zimbabwe, Israel's Yossi Lemel as well as French artist Alain Le Quernec, all of whom have played pivotal roles of inspiration in my activist art journey.”
On occasion of the anniversaries of the Bicentennial of the Mexican Independence and the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution, 110 designers from all over the world were invited by the International Poster Biennial of Mexico to design a poster about the meaning of the word “freedom”. Above are Voices in Freedom posters by Yossi Lemel, Karolina Podoska and Chaz Mayane.
Exhibition visitors were able to admire the works of top designers including Rafal Olbinski of Poland, Istvan Orosz of Hungary, Takashi Akiyama of Japan, Gérmán Montalvo and Eduardo Téllez of Mexico, Carlos Palleiro of Uruguay, Gitte Kath of Denmark and Luba Lukova from the USA.
Voices in Freedom posters by Takashi Akiyama, Gitte Kath and Gérmán Montalvo
Trama Visual A.C. ( organization coordinating the Biennial) is supported by the Mexican National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA), the National Institute for Anthropology and History (INAH) and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The exhibition is also endorsed by the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA).
Visit http://bienalcartel.org.mx/voces.html to see images of all the posters.