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.