Visual Stories You Care About!
22 September – 22 October 2017
Graphic Matters invites visitors to and inhabitants of Breda to its month-long event to actively experience graphics and the way in which they influence the environment. From 22 September to 22 October 2017, numerous interventions will raise awareness, and a range of exhibitions and events will demonstrate the versatility of graphic design.
Organised for the first time in 2008 under the name “Graphic Design Festival Breda”, Design Matters is not only opening on 22 September with a new name but also with a new structure. There is a main events venue and many offerings that will interest both professionals in the field and the general public. All the events will take place within and right next to the former Breda Museum.
The projects shown within Design Matters are selected according to the themes they touch upon, and reflect current social problems and phenomena. For example, “Inflatable Refugee” represents a warning symbol that cannot be ignored as it floats in Breda’s harbour. This project created by Schellekens and Peleman is a six-metre high, inflatable man who is hunched up on a small boat, his legs pressed to his chest, wearing an orange life jacket, staring expressionlessly towards the horizon. Its large size alludes on the one hand to the distorted perception of “refugees” in Western media and is, at the same time, large enough not to be ignored from the land.
The exhibition project “Flags of Peace” was initiated by Trapped in Suburbia to open up a dialogue about various views of peace. Over the past few years, there have been several attempts at designing a flag to symbolise peace. What defines peace? Which symbol is associated with it? What does a peace flag have to achieve? “Flags of Peace” demonstrates the range of ideas that are linked with peace.
At the festival, graphics are also shown as being a medium that communicate urgent and immediate messages to the world. The routes for this are as varied as the themes that are examined in the projects.