“Refugees” Graphic Art Exhibition Turns Statistics into Human Beings



"refugees" student exhibitFrom May 12-15 the Department of Graphic Design of TEI Athens (Τechnological Educational Institute) and the Union of Commercial Artists in Greece is presenting the exhibition “Refugees” at Romantso  in Omonoia, Athens.

Athens is the first stop on a four-city tour and it will showcase selected work from students that came to fruition after 24 lectures, 7 workshops and the involvement of 65 students and 9 professors from 5 Universities:

  • School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
  • Department of Graphic design, TEI of Athens, Greece
  • North Wales School of Arts and Design, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, UK
  • Media Arts and Design, University College PXL, in Hasselt, Belgium
  • New Media Department, Polish Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw, Poland

poster refugee exhibit may 2016The “Refugees” exhibit came to reality by means of a Skype call and a question: “why don’t we do a project on the crisis and migration?” The reaction from the students was tremendous. We live in a day and age where the media is overflowing with stories about the Syrian refugees. This exhibition aims to remind people that the refugees are more than just statistics and a story, rather they are human beings with hopes and dreams that have been shattered.

According to Graphic Designer and visiting Lecturer at TEI of Athens, Katerina Antonaki, “it is crucial for the graphic design community and academia to get involved with these important issues by raising questions, communicating alternative perspectives, generating consciousness, spreading knowledge, facilitating our understanding about the variable parameters of human existence and envisioning radical approaches to socially demanding issues. After all, Europe is about thinking and working collectively, it is about integration of different cultures, it is about composing and creating, via our differences, new realities of inclusion instead of exclusion.”

Information for “Refugees” Exhibition in Athens

Duration: May 12-15 2016
Location: Romantso, Anaxagora 3-5, Omonia (www.romantso.gr)
Lectures: May 14 18.30
Schedule: May 12 18.00 – 21.00; May 13-15 12.00 – 21.00

Following the exhibition in Athens, “Refugees” will continue to exhibit in the UK and Poland. Here is the event schedule:

July 2016: 02.07-08.07, Wrexham gallery, Wrexham, UK
November 2016: 10.11-13.11, Studio Sztuki, Warsaw, Poland
November 2016: 18.11-24.11, Znaczy się Foundation, Cracow, Poland