International Genocide Poster Contest Launched

AMSTERDAM–An open international competition has been launched–in the form of a ‘call to artists’ around the world–Armenian and non-Armenia’s–to contribute a work that they think best depicts an image of the Armenian Genocide.

This depiction can take any form like photographs–drawn or painted (realist or abstract) pieces–digital designs–or any artistic expression that can be presented in poster form for widespread circulation. When chosen–the selected posters will be reproduced and distributed internationally as representation of the political initiative of Armenia’s who believe that the truths of their history must be acknowledged in world’s public opinion.

The objectives of this campaign include the simultaneous launch of posters across Europe and the United States on April 24–2002. They will be printed in eight languages–including English–Spanish–Dutch–German–Turkish–Hebrew–Arabic–and Armenian. They will be targeted in particular to high-density-area urban audiences whose opinions are likely to have impact on policy-makers in their respective cities/countries.

The selection process for this art competition will take place through online voting which will be open to all those who are involved with and support this cause. Further development for this project include the potential of publishing a book–or the organization of a touring art exhibit providing an arena for this message to stay in the public for as long as possible.

All individuals–organizations and foundations interested in supporting the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide of 1915–and the cultivation and encouragement of Armenian art–history and education around the world are encouraged to participate.

Time is of essence for this project–and funding is the urgent "next step." Contributions and donations from organizations or individuals are crucial for the realization of this unprecedented project.

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