POSTER A: IRAN ENOUGH!
I am half Persian (Persian mother, Swiss father). This is my submission to the "Mut zur Wut" ("Dare to be Angry") international poster competition. It is an issue I feel strongly about as I feel it represents a stain on the many positive contributions Persians have made, and continue to make, to civilization: For over thirty years the people of Iran have suffered under the yoke of an oppressive system that has systematically abused virtually every fundamental and internationally recognized human right. And although all sectors of Iranian society, ranging from artists to women, have had their rights eroded by the so-called "Islamic" fantasy state, one minority in particular – the 300,000 strong Bahá'í community – has had to endure especially vicious attacks – everything from their leadership being unjustly imprisoned to their properties being burned or confiscated, their cemeteries desecrated, their ability to make an honest livelihood strangled, their children harassed in primary schools and perhaps most egregiously their youth being denied the opportunity to pursue a university education. As a Bahá'í I am angry. As a human being with an Iranian mother, I am outraged. This has to stop. Enough is enough!
- POSTER B: IRAN: EDUCATION IS A RIGHT!
When the Islamic Republic of Iran made it official state policy to bar Bahá'ís from attending the country's universities, the Bahá'íCommunity responded with what the New York Times called " an elaborate act of communal self-preservation" — they established the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) which effectively functioned as an underground university system training thousands of motivated students (many of whom had been at the head of their classes in the state-run system). A good percentageof these students continued post-graduate studies at universities around the world and are now productive working citizens of their adoptive countries. In May 2011, the Iranian government launched an organized assault on the BIHE. Homes were raided, teaching materials were destroyed or confiscated, and instructors and administrators were arrested and imprisoned (many remain incarcerated). These actions on the part of the Iranian authorities are beyond repulsive — not only do they flagrantly violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which Iran is a signatory and which clearly states that education for all is a fundamental right but they also represent a conscious and systematic attempt on the part of the government to slowly strangle the potential of a significant minority. In reality, it is nothing short of genocide in slow motion.
- POSTER C: EVOLUTION
With the advent of new technologies such as texting are we becoming more or less literate? Is the incredible complexity of language that has evolved over centuries at risk of being dumbed down by the cryptic scribblings of a new generation, or is it simply evolving into something different and better? I can't help wonder what the fallout of these developments will be twenty, thirty, fifty years down the line. Will the mass of humanity become incapable of expressing itself with anything more than monosyllabic dribs and drabs? Will it be able to string together a series of words coherently to convey concepts that are layered and nuanced?
You tell me :) – YR – TTUL – LOL :-D
- POSTER D: SURVIVANTS
In recent years the quality of artistic expression emanating from Iran has captured the imagination and interest of lovers of art everywhere. This in spite of and perhaps because of the almost overwhelming constraints Iranian artists must confront today in a country whose cultural heritage is a particularly rich one. In April-May of 2012 an exhibition entitled "Survivants – Survivors" was held in Geneva, Switzerland profiling the work of seven contemporary artists from Iran. Their art is a testimony to the resiliency and creative spirit of the Iranian people in the face of incredible obstacles that include, among other things, nonsensical censorship laws and a social construct that is reminiscent of the more barbaric phases of collective human experience.