Art And Culture

2 Iranians in Int’l Poster Contest Jury

2 Iranians in Int’l  Poster Contest Jury
2 Iranians in Int’l  Poster Contest Jury

Two Iranian graphic designers have been selected as jurors of the 2016 French competition ‘Poster for Tomorrow’.

Parisa Tashakori and Mohammad Afshar are among the online jury panel which includes 100 jurors, 50 women and 50 men, representing at least 50 different nationalities, reported.

The competition “is about the extremes in society, politics, the environment, distribution of wealth and every issue that we face as a world.” This year’s theme is “Make Extremism History”.

Out of all received posters, 100 will be selected and exhibited around the world. The selection process will take place during 50 days, from July 20 to September 10.

The jury members are graphic designers, professionals in the human rights field, museum curators, art professors and media journalists.

Born in Tehran, Tashakori, 43, holds a master’s degree in graphic design. She has collaborated as designer and art director for several international advertising agencies and cultural institutions. She was a member of the board of Iranian Graphic Designers Society (IGDS) from 2012 to 2015. She has also received an honorary doctorate from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

Tashakori is primarily interested in social and cultural communication. Her works have been exhibited in over 70 national and international exhibitions in Iran, Taiwan, Italy, Ukraine, Bolivia, the US, Russia, Belgium, Slovakia, Finland, France, Poland, Switzerland and Mexico, and have received numerous awards.

She has been member of the jury for some national and international competitions and festivals like Samsun International Poster Competition in Turkey, 13th Poster Biennial in Mexico and Silver Cypress in Tehran.

Born in Mashhad in Khorasan Razavi Province, Afshar, 32, is a freelance graphic designer. He has attended several national and international art events and collected a number of awards. Recently he won the Excellence Award at the 1st West International Design Biennale (Silk Road Spirit) in China. He has also grabbed the second prize at the 1st ‘City Breath’ Posters and Photos Festival in 2015 and the third prize at the poster designing section of the 34th Fajr International Theater Festival in the same year.

His works have been showcased at exhibitions and festivals in Jamaica, Ukraine, Italy, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Spain, South Korea, Finland, Peru, Denmark and Slovakia.

‘Poster for Tomorrow’ is the main project of 4Tomorrow, an independent, non-profit organization based in Paris which has run the competition annually since 2009.

It aims to encourage people to make posters to stimulate debate on issues that affect everyone. In the previous six editions over 15,000 posters from 133 countries were received and more than 400 exhibitions in five continents were held.