In 1992, Barcelona shone in a new light. The whole world saw it as the ultimate open-minded, free and modern city that brought us fantastic Olympic Games, representing a new European era. They were few critical voices, mainly on a national or local level, but they got lost in a sea of celebration. Those were new times in Europe: Berlin had just resurrected itself after the reunification, and the Cold War was over.
I remember watching the opening ceremony on TV as a child and being completely cast under the spell of the Olympic euphoria. At the same time, my own country was collapsing. Yugoslavia was not allowed to take part in the games due to United Nations sanctions. And while Europe celebrated the new beginnings in Barcelona using the motto Amigos para siempre, Yugoslavia was dying.
25 years on, things have taken a different turn. Spain, like many other countries in Europe are faced with resurfacing fears concerning multiculturalism, and questions of how multinational a state should be, are back on the table.
The Olympic Games commissioned 59 different posters designed by famous Spanish designers and artists at that time, to officially represent the games and reflect their open-minded character in their art work. I re-interpreted this ambitious project and silkscreened 59 posters, adding a question to each of them, reflecting and challenging current issues relating to the definition of nations and nationality. The questions are not meant to be answered, rather to challenge our premature generalisation of nations and their behaviour.
Klick here to see the poster collection.