POSTER x POEM: visual artists are transporting contemporary poetry to city walls

POSTER x POEM: visual artists are transporting contemporary poetry to city walls

7 August 2020

POSTER x POEM is an interdisciplinary Romanian project giving contemporary poetry a visual interpretation by designers, typographers, and illustrators.

Launched in March by the Bucharest-based creative studio Glitch Shop, POSTER x POEM has organised two exhibitions of 16 and 30 respectively, posters which adorned the fences of the National Art Museum in Bucharest, Romania, and the National History Museum in Chișinău, Moldova. The latter exhibit is now traveling to the eastern Romanian town of Vaslui, where it will be placed on the walls of the local Judiciary, located in a place often visited by young people.

“POSTER x POEM believes in posters as an ideal means to communicate in the public space, and thinks that poetry needs to reach more people,” Glitch Shop say. “In order to achieve that, poetry needs to get out of books and appear on walls and fences.”

Exclusively for The Calvert Journal, POSTER x POEM is launching three new poster poems which have been selected from an Instagram call on World Poetry Day on 21 March, whereby followers shared a poem they wanted to see as a poster. Selected from 50 texts, the winning entries are poems by American poets Ron Padgett and Jane Hirshfield, and contemporary Romanian poet Gabriel Daliș, and are illustrated by Romanian visual artists Andrei Turenici, Gabriel Barbu, Ana Maria Dudu, and Cristi Iacob.

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