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Posters for a Just Cause
July 18, 2017   
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A new exhibition at the Wilanów Poster Museum in Warsaw provides an insight into how poster designers around the world support women’s rights through their work.

The politically and socially involved posters in the Women’s Rights Are Human Rights exhibition challenge religious and cultural norms to promote equal rights for women. The featured artists criticize a wide range of patriarchal attitudes that assign inferior social roles to women and thus rob them of their chances to develop their potential. The exhibition in Warsaw seeks to help audiences realize that ordinary people should take matters in their own hands and start acting to protect human rights and counter stereotyping in how the two sexes are treated. The posters on show also aim to promote reproductive and sexual rights in a bid to protect girls and women against violence.

The posters on show employ a variety of contemporary styles and techniques to highlight the importance of visual communication and design in the information society of today. Designed by both male and female artists, the posters tackle violence, gender inequality and discrimination in a bid to make viewers accept some of the guilt and to encourage them to challenge attitudes that prevail in society. The designers specifically make their audiences feel uncomfortable, touched and empathetic, prompting them to stand up against discrimination and unequal treatment.

The exhibition is curated by acclaimed designer Elizabeth Resnick, a retired professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.

Until July 30
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