say what you want

No cage for words
Florian Harmand
Flavie de Ravel
Limoges, France

Your own enemy
Jocelyn Blanchard
Montreal, Canada

Weapon of choice
Gram Garner
Austin, United States

Article 19
Tomaso Marcolla
Lavis, Italy


Freedom of expression
Beril Ates
Ankara, Turkey

The pencil is stronger than the weapons
Anne-Charlotte Coudreau
Nogent sur Marne, France

I've been keeping a watchful eye on this poster contest ever since I got an email about its call for entries. Poster4Tomorrow: Designers Working 4 Freedom of Expression is a unique project that - through art - works to help people make full use of their freedom of expression, with the ultimate goal being to change intolerant regimes.

The first edition of this contest ended just one month ago. But there are no winners here. Just a best 100.

Read the Manifesto:

Freedom of expression, the simple freedom to say what you want, about whatever you want, is a right that most of us can enjoy without even thinking. Even more now that the internet has given us a forum for debate and criticism wider and more instant than ever before.

Online, or offline, it’s possible to say anything without any form of consequence, and most of the time we come up with nothing more profound than: Your album sucks. England is a shithole. Berlusconi is corrupt. But in many other countries freedom of expression is a much more serious subject.

People are persecuted and imprisoned simply for daring to criticise their governments, calling for more democracy and press freedom, or exposing human rights abuses online. It’s just not right.

So on behalf of those who don’t enjoy the same freedom of expression that you do, we’d like to invite you to create a poster for a better tomorrow – where we can all say what we want, whenever we want.

Our hope with “Poster4Tomorrow” is to spark a movement to inspire people to stand together against injustice across the world. A movement that will start next year and continue next year and every year until we change something. Because one poster is a start, hundreds, thousands will become a movement for a better tomorrow.

Pretty cool project, don't you think?

See the 100 gallery here.

Above are a few of my favorites - but all are equally powerful.



December 18, 2009 at 1:07 PM Jessica said...

These are great, I can't decide which one I like best. But I think I'm leaning towards the Freedom of Expression...moving.