Two months ago Farshad Aref-far contacted us from Iran with a great idea: gather designers and illustrators from all around the world to design a peace message for everyone in the world, no matter where you live. Bunker3022 had the privilege of participating.
The message was simple: it is a hello that every artist writes in their own native language and alphabet. Most countries use hello as their greeting and it is an internationally known word. Almost everyone knows what hello means, and it is a magical word that can connect people together all over. It means peace and respect to each other, but each country has their own greetings.
In Iran for example they use “Doroud” or “Salam”. In Argentina, where we live, we are spanish speaking and use “Hola”, “Merhabaa” is used by Arab people and "Zdorovat'sya" by those countries that speak Russian or similar languages. Even sometimes you can find a different hello word within the same country.
Farshad Aref-far published “Hello” project on September 21st in Behance, because that day we celebrate International Peace Day. Overall, 130 designers and illustrators from 75 countries are taking part in this project. It is the first project of many to come. Each artist was tasked to design a “hello” or greeting in their native language with their own style but including icons which represented their country.
We believe that people should love and care for each other, no matter what country they live in, but some governments have not so positive feelings towards foreigners. For example Farshad Aref-far told us that the people leading their country have a lot of hate towards Israelis, Arabs and even American people, but almost everyone doesn’t harbor these negative feelings. This is the main message of the “Hello” project.
This project is for the people. People that love each other; those that are being hurt, and those who have hurt others. Yes, why not? This is for those that may gain peacefulness from our work, and hopefully give them a moment to even their tempers and reflect on their own actions. Maybe we save a person from being hurt by others, or give a glimmer of hope to those that think are alone in this world. This is also for those who have migrated for any reason and have lost their home, family and friends, as well as those who are suffering from the effects of war.
A special thank to Farshad Aref-far, in fact this words are mainly written by him. The process was really rich, we had a big chat with designers all over the world, we really enjoyed it. And this is our tribute to our own country, with our own style. We´ll receive you here in Argentina with open arms and with the warmth that characterizes us. Welcome.
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Here are the links you´ll find the whole project
September 21th – Hello Project