It is our great pleasure to host for the first time in Rijeka a traveling exhibition of posters within the educational cultural and artistic Tolerance Project, founded in 2017 by the world-famous designer, illustrator and activist Mirko Ilić.
Selected posters on the topic of tolerance by authors from various parts of the world will be placed on panels on Rijeka’s main street – Korzo – from 16 to 23 March. We will open the Tolerance Poster Show on Tuesday, March 16 at 12 p.m.
On the same day, the exhibition’s curator and the initiator of the Tolerance Project, Mirko Ilić, will give an online lecture entitled Design from Right to Left via video link from New York, which can be followed live at 6 pm via Drugo more’s Facebook page.
THE TOLERANCE PROJECT is a travelling poster collection that celebrates and honors the starting point of all meaningful discourse: tolerance. Free, flexible, and ever-expanding, THE TOLERANCE PROJECT has brought a message of social acceptance to more than 250,000 people in twenty-four countries worldwide. Founded by artist-activist Mirko Ilić, this bold initiative showcases the work of over 170 designers—some established, some up-and-coming, all wildly talented.
It’s all part of starting a conversation about inclusion, which can only begin with a foundation of tolerance—and spreading respect in a world increasingly split by race, religion, sexuality, and national origin. In posters that are by turns playful and profound, surprising and original, THE TOLERANCE PROJECT utilizes the unique power of design to remind us what we all have in common—and what it takes to bridge the divides between us.
– Tolerance Project
Tolerance is a relationship between people that fully accepts others, their different customs, accepts other peoples, opinions, political, religious, linguistic differences. With the desire and hope of achieving acceptance and tolerance of each individual, Mirko Ilić brings together a large number of designers from around the world, who respond to the growth of hate speech, nationalism, xenophobia and intolerance by calling for tolerance.
Tolerance Poster Show in Split, Croatia, 2020
The posters are mostly exhibited in open spaces at exhibitions around the world, which makes them as accessible as possible to ordinary passers-by and those people who do not have the habit of visiting galleries often. In 2020 alone, the traveling exhibition was presented in about twenty cities around the world – from Bangkok to Reykjavik – including the Croatian cities of Zagreb, Split and Sisak.
The exhibition will feature posters by local designers Dejan Kršić, Boris Bućan, Robert Čanak, Boris Ljubičić and Sven Sorić.
ONLINE LECTURE “DESIGN FROM RIGHT TO LEFT“
→ Tuesday, March 16, at 6 p.m. CET
→ follow live via Drugo more’s Facebook Page
→ language: Croatian
The graphic symbol / logo / brand is today the most valuable consumer goods, the reason why consumers are willing to pay ten times the amount for a T-shirt that is of the same quality as one that is not branded with a particular logo.
Such a trend is also followed by right-wing, neo-Nazi and racist groups. Although it can be argued in part that their World War II predecessors “invented” branding in general, the use of the swastika symbol for propaganda purposes is now legally prohibited in many parts of the world. Although it is a very old symbol that has been used by peoples and civilizations on almost all continents for thousands of years, today it is inextricably linked to the crimes of Nazism and thus excluded from public use, which is why these groups had to rebrand and create new symbols.
In a lecture intended primarily for the high school and student population, Mirko Ilić will talk about ways to recognize and decode these new symbols, but also about the use of graphic design to promote social equality and justice.