Since 2014, the International Poster Competition Mut zur Wut (meaning “courage to rage” in German) has been flagging and championing political posters from around the globe. Every year, 30 winning posters selected from hundreds of submissions are put up along the busy roads and pedestrian walkways of a new city, claiming space typically reserved for advertising for political expression in an act of détournement (the “hijacking” mapped out by the Situationist International in 1958).
Past years have displayed the winning poster designs in the public spaces of Berlin, Munich, and Mannheim in Germany, as well as Oaxaca in Mexico, London in the UK, Perugia in Italy, and Kütahya in Turkey. This year’s winning submissions will transform the streets of the German city of Heidelberg into an arena for political debate and engagement.
Today the organizers, German graphic designer Götz Gramlich and Alexander Henninger, take us through five of the winning submissions,.