A Social Commentary Poster
RISD 2019 - Design 1
Collage as a compositional tool
For this assignment we were expected to physically create nine collages (each 6x9"), then use the composition from one or more of your collages (could be a detail or a combination) to generate sketches for an event poster that's 24 x 36".
The poster had to include time, date, title, and location. I decided to create a social commentary poster rather than a typical event poster.
This was my first attempt to create a poster that a) addresses a social issue b) incorporates the use of solely Arabic text; in these posters I'm shedding light on the social pressure & cultural expectations of women when it comes marriage & finding the right partner. The images used reflect the mix of emotions that women goes through under these social remarks and constant pressure to find "the one".
to view the posters individually and on a broader scale, please scroll down to the end of this page.
I implemented physical and digital collage in my work; I was exploring the possibilities of creating meaning by building a distinct relationship between the physical & digital realms of an art form. Even though the text is in Arabic, the images speak a universal language that's addressing a universal topic.
The text holds a humorous tone to it; both posters encompass cultural lines that fall along the following famous lines of: "There are plenty of fish in the sea", "have you found your significant other yet?", "did you get yourself a man?", etc.
As for the translation for the time and place indicated on the posters:
Place: The Universe
Both posters show how the use of multiple disciplines & implementing them in the right way can address a universal language without the need for legible text for the images can speak for themselves.
The poster's in large scale