For the first Poster Monday spot of November we are featuring the poster “The Dead in the Drawer and the Living in the Party” from our previously featured designer Maria Papaefstathiou from Athens, Greece. She is a visual designer since 1996 and blogger since 2010, and has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. Maria is founder and editor of graphicart-news.com blog and co-founder of the International Reggae Poster Contest.
The poster “The Dead in the Drawer and the Living in the Party” was made for the Autopsia Colectiva 5 – Exposición Internacional de Carteles in Mexico, the theme is “DAY OF THE DEAD”. The organizers were looking for designs that would depict one of the Mexican proverbs and sayings that address the concept of death. “From the many proverbs, I chose the “El muerto al pozo y el vivo al gozo!” (The dead to the well and the alive to the joy!) in simple words “The dead in the drawer and the living in the party”. Which mainly tell us that life goes on and so we should move on because the dead cannot come back. I chose a humoristic approach where we see the skeleton being disappointed by missing such a great party that takes place up there on earth. The reason for being humorous is because we should not fear death. It will come upon us all one day. So, there is no way we can avoid it. We can though enjoy our lives to the most so that …we can have nice memories when we pass from this life to the other one… I also chose the dancers to be modern and not traditional Mexican dressed because this message appeals to everyone on earth. The colours and designs are being inspired by Mexican tradition and culture, tell us Maria.
If you want to know more about Maria visit her web page, and remember to submit your poster for the next edition of Poster Monday. Find all the info you need in our submissions page, and facebook.