Poster designed on the occasion of the exhibition, Some Kind of Optimism. Providing that each participating Designer had to create a poster, relevant to the economic crisis, my proposal focused on addressing the issue of Greece’s exclusion from the Euro zone.
The idea behind the design was inspired by the 1954 speech of the Greek Economist Xenophon Zolotas, during the closing session of the Global Bank (IBRD) in New York City. The speech was written in English by using -with the exception of articles and prepositions- only Greek words. By using an extract of his speech, I removed all of the Greek words with the intention to communicate that upon their removal (exclusion), the language falls apart and doesn’t make sense any longer.
‘I always wished to address this Assembly in Greek, but realised that it would have been indeed “Greek” to all present in this room. I found out, however, that I could make my address in Greek which would still be English to everybody. With your permission, Mr. Chairman, l shall do it now, using with the exception of articles and prepositions, only Greek words.
Kyrie, I eulogize the archons of the Panethnic Numismatic Thesaurus and the Ecumenical Trapeza for the orthodoxy of their axioms, methods and policies, although there is an episode of cacophony of the Trapeza with Hellas. With enthusiasm we dialogue and synagonise at the synods of our didymous organisations in which polymorphous economic ideas and dogmas are analysed and synthesised. Our critical problems such as the numismatic plethora generate some agony and melancholy. This phenomenon is characteristic of our epoch. But, to my thesis, we have the dynamism to programme therapeutic practices as a prophylaxis from chaos and catastrophe. In parallel, a Panethnic unhypocritical economic synergy and harmonisation in a democratic climate is basic. I apologise for my eccentric monologue. I emphasise my euharistia to you, Kyrie to the eugenic and generous American Ethnos and to the organisers and protagonists of his Amphictyony and the gastronomic symposia.
(Xenophon Zolotas, New York, 1957)