Escucha Mi Voz Poster Competition
I created an artwork (acrylic and digital) and was awarded out of thousands of international artists in a graphic design competition promoting human rights awareness.
Escucha Mi Voz is a group which promotes art through competition and education in order to raise awareness about major issues of human rights. The theme of their 2016 competition, We Are All Migrants, worked to promote an understanding of the migrant experience. The selected/winning artworks were featured at a number of galleries in Mexico, Ireland and the US. They were also reprinted as post cards which were sent to politicians in both the US and Mexico, hence the blank space included in the lower third of the image (room for postcard text).
Winners were announced in August of 2016.
My design, which is a combination of acrylic paint and digital manipulation, features a bindle (commonly referred to in English as a "hobo sack"), an internationally recognizable symbol for those who are forced to live "on the move". The bindle resembles the Earth, representing the competition's theme: that, at some point in history, we have all been migrants; that the migrant experience and the human experience are one in the same. Further representing this theme are the words carved into the stick which holds the bindle's weight: "Esto es de Todos," which roughly translates to, "This is of all of us," or, "This belongs to all of us". In this sense, then, humanity is literally bearing the weight of this globally shared experience.