Humanity on the Move | Umanità in Movimento
Museo Centrale Montemartini, Roma
Erin Bazos was one of 40 artists and visual designers of international renown invited to transform their viewpoints on a current global issue and phenomenon: the migration of men and women fleeing war, misery, overwhelming strife.
Questioned about the fundamental right to freedom, the designers involved were asked to answer in the form of a poster. The result was a collective exhibition called FREEDOM MANIFESTO and took place at the renowned Museo Central Montemartini in Rome, Italy.
The Centro interdisciplinare di ricerca sul paesaggio contemporaneo launched an appeal to artists and visual designers of international renown intent upon gathering their viewpoints on a phenomenon currently plain for all to see: the migration of men and women fleeing war, misery, overwhelming strife.
Questioned about the fundamental right to freedom, the authors involved came up with a reflection in the form of a poster, a communicative means chosen to divulge – in words and images – their message. The result is a great collective exhibition whose objective is to raise awareness about, and urge, new perceptions concerning a topical theme of great importance: immigration.
The idea is to set forth, to claim a vision which seems unable to find sufficient space in the contemporary landscape: the democratic principle of equal dignity for all. An invitation to renew our perspective on a phenomenon which is of crucial importance today – but also historically perpetual, universal – , that of a humanity inspired by the hope for a better existence.
Does the poster, a form of mass communication which burst onto the scene in the second half of the nineteenth century, still represent today a means capable of capturing attention and divulging a message? Can a poster change the world?
It would be naive not to admit that sometimes, just a few words, or a single image are enough to make us see things through different eyes. This is the Utopia of the possible, which continues to find expression in every one of our ideas.