Where Is My Vote? Posters for the Green Movement in Iran
“Where Is My Vote? Posters for the Green Movement in Iran” comprised 150 political posters, created by graphic artists from all over the world, supporting the protests in Iran that followed the 2009 presidential election. The exhibition—organized by designers Anita Kunz and Woody Pirtle along with Francis Di Tommaso, director of SVA Galleries, and Steven Heller, author, design historian and co-chair of MFA Design at SVA—highlighted the role that socially responsible designers play in rallying support for free speech and the power of design to inspire political activism. It was the first public viewing of these posters in printed form and its contributing artists included R. O. Blechman, Cathie Bleck, Seymour Chwast, Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser, Robert Grossman, Anita Kunz, Yossi Lemel, Jennifer Morla, István Orosz, Woody Pirtle, Andrea Rauch, Ralph Steadman, Gary Taxali, James Victore and Massimo Vignelli.
In the aftermath of Iran’s 2009 presidential election, an Iranian photographer who goes by “Green Bird” urged artists from all over the world to create posters supporting his country’s popular Green Movement. One of the artists he approached, Italian designer Andrea Rauch, volunteered to host all of the posters on SocialDesignZine, the blog of the Association of Italian Graphic Designers. Iran blocked the site in September of 2009; not long after, Green Bird asked Anita Kunz to find a venue in which to exhibit the work. Kunz contacted SVA and soon the planning for “Where Is My Vote?” began.
SVA Chelsea Gallery
August 30—September 25, 2010
November 4—December 18, 2010