Subject/Object: Part 2

The next step was to choose one illustration and create either a poster or a future relic based on it. I choose Neo-Nazis attack anti-racism demonstrators in Sweden because 1) I was in Stockholm when the attack happened, 2) both fascism and racism are rising in Europe and 3) I’ve been verbally attacked and threatened by neo-nazis before. Here is a repost of my illustration, as a little clarification.

After we chosen our news story, it was time to visit the British museum to sketch some of their items. At least three of them had to be a highlight from the collections. Two sketches had to be based on keywords relevant to the story, while other has to relate to the earlier work.

I think I took the brief to literally and chose physical keywords rather than abstract. I tried to correct this by doing some kind of free collage with images from the incident, some from the aftermath and some that is related to the story in some way.

Another problem I had to endure was the cursed poster collections. The Imperial War Museum in London is closed until this summer, so I could not research their World War 2 propaganda posters. And by a strange coincidence was the poster exhibition on Albert & Victoria Museum also closed. I did some sketches on object that I could either incorporate in a poster or make a relic from. By the way, V&A has a beautiful collection of Islamic crafts that is well recommended.

After the visit, I decided to do a poster. I did a lot of thumbnails, searching for a design that was both fresh and paid tribute to old propaganda posters. It was extremely hard, mainly because WW2 posters are quite powerful and its imagery has been reused ever since. I choose three thumbnails that I focused more on and started to play with the yellow colour that made it to the final piece.

After some input from the tutors, I decided to combine two different slogans, although slightly altered. The text enabled me to be a bit more abstract and conceptual, playing with material and texture. Here is the final result.