The Santorini Biennale has launched an international poster designing contest, titled Design A Wish For Greece, inviting artists to make a "creative wish" about Greece, based on their own ideas about the country, beyond media headlines. Artists or artistic duets from around the world can submit up to 5 works of art - photographs, drawings, collage, graphics, and illustrations – to the contest site by September 29, 2012. Starting January 10, 2013 the posters will be exhibited in 25 major cities worldwide. The winners will be announced on September 29, 2013 in Santorini.
Looking back at all those articles in the last few years the world press published about Greece and its economy, you can realize that our reputation as a country and as people depends on them. There are articles referring to the triptych 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 unstable 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 financial but mainly a fall of our dignity and prestige. Of course all of the above is happening but the way they are expressed create a prejudice that starts from our economic situation.
It is unacceptable that 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 art produces can have a significant role in changing this.
For more information on how to enter the contest go to http://www.santorinibiennale.gr/design-a-wish-for-greece