Nations Divided

Kostas Kanellopoulos Web & Graphic Designer / Illustrator


Project: (Re)Imagining Europe
Category: Graphic Design

Agency: Kostas Kanellopoulos
Organizer: Europe 2020

I participated in the international poster competition on the theme (Re) Imagining Europe. My poster was selected for the exhibition as I was one of the 39 finalists. The international public call for posters (RE)IMAGINING EUROPE, announced at the end of 2019, gathered over 230 posters with 39 as finalists for the eponymous exhibition.

The Croatian Designers Association in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, with the endorsement of ico-D – International Council of Design, has organized the Poster Competition on the theme (RE)IMAGINING EUROPE which was open to all designers residing in Europe. Additional 10 designers and design studios selected by the organizers also participated in the competition.

Brief: (Re)Imagining Europe in 2020 The new title (Re)Imagining Europe is but a thematic blueprint for designers or design teams to present their visions of a new, better Europe they wish to live in. Europe needs new visions of its future and designers as its co-creators. The goal of the poster competition is to be inclusive, open towards all European countries and their cultural and civilizational heritage. The diversity of ideas will, hopefully, open up new horizons and offer new visions for the future and help define design as an agent in improving the quality of our lives. Designers are free to tackle any issue they want under the scope od re-imagining a better Europe.

About the Poster
Title: Nations Divided “Europe is changing. It becomes a more anthropocentric, social union. The path to unified identity, however, is hindered by 12 asterisks, obstacles, at the basis of her vision. Then there were 12 completely different nations, sharing one common idea. Today there are 25 nations, sharing 12 common prejudices and preventing this common vision for a Europe of nations. Our goal is to start a discussion that will remove the 12 prejudices and reinforce the European ideal: United in diversity”

(A circle of twelve yellow asterisks: * Ethnic origin * Religion * Sexual orientation * Gender identity * Disability * Social status * Individual Racism * Interpersonal Racism * Cultural Racism * Bullying * Harassment * Discrimination)