Genocide Day Poster Contest Announced

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A unique project devoted to the Armenian Genocide–was prepared by a group of WEB-designers from Armenia and Holland. A series of posters in eight languages devoted to the Armenian Genocide will be distributed in European capitals and prominent US cities on April 24.

The team consists of two people–the creator and designer from Holland Ruben Malayan–and the programmer from Armenia Aram Ghazanchian.

The project is displayed at the following website: www.ArmenianGenocidePosters.org. The site also has a special election system enabling each visitor to vote for the best poster. Anyone can submit their works for this auction. In his interview with reporters–Malayan explained that the works registered by March 1 will be selected for the auction. The works submitted after March 1 will be considered in the auction in the following. Currently–the site includes 24 works from artists from Armenia–Holland and the United States. Non-Armenian artists also submitted their art for consideration–for example Volter Jansen from Holland.

The votes will be tabulated on April 1 after which the works will be sent to the typographies of those cities where the auction will take place on April 24.

This project is oriented to countries where there are Armenian communities. "The posters are to help the Diaspora attract attention to the problem of International recognition of the Armenian Genocide," Malayan said. He emphasized that the issue of the Armenian Genocide has both national and pan-human importance. "We invite both Armenian artists and all those who use art to protest the inhumanity of the Genocide to participate in the competition."

Malayan’s project also attracted financial assistance for publishing the posters. The Zakarian family from Los-Angeles offered to pay for the publishing costs of the poster chosen from California or the US. The project also attracted the attention of the Dutch press where an article on this project will be published in the March issue of the "Tergede" magazine.

If the auction is successful–the creators plan to increase the number of countries where the auctions will take place in the following years.

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