Writing, the origins of Civilisations
"Writing, the origins of civilisation" International Poster Exhibition
2nd International Poster Contest by Graphic Stories Cyprus #4, 2018

The 65 posters of the exhibition [10-26|03|2018] "Writing, the origins of civilisation", is the title of the exhibition that included the short-listed works from the second international poster competition organized by Graphic Stories Cyprus. In this competition participated 700 designers from 31 countries from around the world. The creative thinking of the contest: Few of the achievements of human wisdom can be compared to the creation of writing. This wisdom, which separated him from the rest of the living beings on the planet, began to transform its environment creating civilization, in its modern sense, around 5000 BC. when the first real writing was invented. By the term writing we mean the activity in which the content of a linguistic expression is encoded in such a way that another reader can rebuild, with a relative degree of accuracy, the precise phrase that has been written. While, from this point of view in the earlier, first scriptures the non-encoding of grammatical words made it very difficult or even impossible to reconstruct the exact meaning sought by the author, the great leap in the evolution of writing was achieved around the 8th century BC. by the ancient Greeks, who based on the Phoenician writing of the time, created the first real alphabet. Symbols, ideograms and images have given their place to the letters. Thought and speech converted to writing and the abstract gained substance. The sounds, the phonemes, the consonants, and the vowels of speech were codified, acquired form and imprinted by every means as a bequest for the next generations. The theme of the contest, "Writing, the origins of Civilisation", and the corresponding exhibition are actions that aim at highlighting and promoting the importance of writing in relation to culture, literature and arts, both locally and globally, as well as the importance in the evolution and future development of humankind. The creatives participating in the contest are invited to visualize their thoughts and ideas in relation to the contribution of writing in the creation of each and any civilisation and the role it has played in its development. The exhibition hosted by the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. The exhibition and the award winners were presented on Friday the 9th of March 2018, on behalf of the Secretary General of Communication and Media, Mr. Eleftherios Kretsos, by Mrs. Aikaterini Lamprou, Head of Press and Communication Office of the Embassy of Greece in Cyprus. The awards were sponsored by the Bank of Cyprus and the Greek company Parachute Fonts. 

The four winners were: 
1. Irina Egorova | Russia
International distinction for professional visual communication designers 
2. Mina Nasliyani | Iran
International distinction for higher education students of visual communication 
3. Charis Frangou | Cyprus
Cypriot distinction for higher education students of visual communication 
4. Anna Georgiou | Cyprus
Cypriot distinction for Lyceum and Technical School students

The exhibition includes the artwork of the following creatives:

Patrycja Longawa, Xiaoqiang Guo, Yang Chao, Charalampos Schoinas, Anna Georgiou, Irina Egorova, Christos Hatzichristofi, Chong Guo, Ge Luo, Alexandra Kopanidou, Mario Fuentes, Irwan Harnoko, Thanasis Bertahas, Constantinos Vasileiades, Jiří Petričák, Vira Konstanta, Andreas Pitsillides, Wu Chien Hua, Manos Gallios, Arafat Al-Naim, Ioanna Pattichi, Ivi Nearchou, Yuese Chen, Naufan Noord, Elena Filippou, Dimitris Kokkinolambos, Petros Vasiadis, Alireza Vaziri, Luis Antonio Rivera Rodriguez, Li Lin, Yao Xiao, Kostas Kanelart Kanellopoulos, Costas Mantzalos, Xin Xie, José Luis Hernández Díaz, Xaris Frangou, Mina Nasliyani, Liu,Yi Xuan, Argyris Athanasiades, İbrahim Halil Özkirişçi, Eleftheria Anastasiou, Nikola Djordjevic, Lei Liu, Nikolaos Tsoulos, Maryia Antonava, Chi Chih Chang, Xiaotian Hu, Xinyi Guo, Maria Demetriou, Gregoria Ellina, Savvas Fotiou, Li Ju Chen, Yudian Xia, Iakovos Tsaparas, Patty Ing, Amanda Phakonekham, Stine Bertel, Ding Ronghui, Sun Zhouwen, Katerina Meli, Yen Chieh Chen, Jun Ying Lai & Han Lin, Xiaoyan Chiang, Lu Cao, Andreas Nicolaou.

The exhibition "Writing, the origins of Civilisation" accompanied by the artworks of four creative artists who wanted to contribute to the special character of the exhibition and were keen to offer their artworks to be exhibited together with the distinguished posters of the contest! The exhibition hosted artworks by the artist Irini Gonou, the calligrapher Vladimir Radibratovic and the graphic designers Tommaso Taraschi and Aggeliki MK Athanasiadi.

The distinguished posters:
International distinction for professional visual communication designers   Irina Egorova | Russia
International distinction for higher education students of visual communication   Mina Nasliyani | Iran
Cypriot distinction for higher education students of visual communication   Charis Frangou | Cyprus
Cypriot distinction for Lyceum and Technical School students   Anna Georgiou | Cyprus
Posters of Professional Visual Communication Designers:
Patrycja Longawa | Poland
Xiaoqiang Guo | China
Yang Chao | China
Charalampos Schoinas | Cyprus
Elena Philippou | Cyprus
Chong Guo | China
Ge Luo | China
Alexandra Kopanidou | Greece
Mario Fuentes | Ecuador
Irwan Harnoko | Indonesia
Thanasis Bertahas | Greece
Constantinos Vasileiades | Greece
Jiří Petričák | Czech Republic
Vira Konstanda | Cyprus
Andreas Pitsillides | Cyprus
Wu Chien Hua | China
Manos Gallios | Cyprus
Arafat Al-Naim | United Arab Emirates
Ioanna Pattichi | Cyprus
Ivi Nearchou | Cyprus
Yuese Chen | China
Naufan Noord | Indonesia
Demetris Kokkinolambos | Cyprus
Petros Vasiadis | Greece
Alireza Vaziri | Iran
Luis Antonio Rivera Rodriguez | Mexico
Li Lin | Taiwan
Yao Xiao | China
Kostas Kanelart Kanellopoulos | Greece
Costas Mantzalos | Cyprus
Xin Xie | China
José Luis Hernández Díaz | Mexico
Posters of Higher Education Students of Visual Communication:
Liu,Yi Xuan | Taiwan
Argyris Athanasiades | Greece
İbrahim Halil Özkirişçi | Turkey
Nikola Djordjevic | Serbia
Lei Liu | China
Maryia Antonava | Belarus
Chi Chih Chang | Taiwan
Xiaoyan Chiang | China
Xinyi Guo | China
Maria Demetriou | Cyprus
Gregoria Ellina | Cyprus
Savvas Fotiou | Cyprus
Li Ju Chen | Taiwan
Yudian Xia | China
Iakovos Tsaparas | Greece
Patty Ing | USA
Amanda Phakonekham | USA
Stine Bertel | USA
Ding Ronghui | Taiwan
Sun Zhouwen | China
Katerina Meli | Cyprus
Yen Chieh Chen | Taiwan
Jun Ying Lai & Han Lin | Taiwan
Xiaotian Hu | China
Lu Cao | China
High School & Technology School Students:
Christos Hatzichristofi | Cyprus
Andreas Nicolaou | Cyprus
Eleftheria Anastasiou | Cyprus
Nikolaos Tsoulos | Cyprus
Irini Gonou, Visual Artist
Tommaso Taraschi, Graphic Designer
Vladimir Radibratovic, Calligrapher
The organizer of Graphic Stories Cyprus, Aggeliki MK Athanasiadi, with the distinguished Anna Georgiou and her teacher Souli Christou
Aggeliki MK Athanasiadi with the distinguished Charis Frangou
[from left to right] Miltos Karras, Vira Konstanta, Charis Tsevis, Aggeliki MK Athanasiadi, Stefanos Karagos, Panos Vasiliou
Photo credits Michalis Theocharides
Writing, the origins of Civilisations
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