1. International Student Poster Competition, Skopje 2008
20 June- 5 July 2008
City Museum


PLAKART in partnership with City Museum announces the launch of the First International Student Poster Competition, Skopje 2008 as opened.The project was supported by the Warsaw Poster Biennale and several external associates – professors from Europe, Israel and Turkey.

The issue

The “Tolerance – A Global Challenge” project embodies a number of activities which are meant to contribute to a graduate improving of the society as a whole, giving special attention to the young population between the age of 18 and 28. Its goal is to bring the ideas together, giving the youth a chance to express their beliefs and thoughts through “Tolerance – A Global Challenge” by creating a ‘poster’. It will have a direct effect on the society by opening new horizons and giving a strong motivation for the youth to work towards a better future. This project should promote the ‘poster’ as a mean of expressing these ideas among the European youth.


A healthy society must serve and satisfy at least the basic needs of the population and to offer various opportunities and alternative choices. It is widely recognized that the artistic approach offers greater potential than the political when delivering a specific message. Therefore one of the goals of this project is to merge the European students in the territory of the Republic of Macedonia. A country that was once proclaimed an “Oasis of Peace”, but latter hit by an ethnic conflict. A country that could be a good example of tolerance against lack of acceptance. A perfect place to spread the idea of global TOLERANCE.

Local accent

Generally, the discrimination and fight against it is an issue which is facing all countries in the world, including Macedonia. The problem is to identify the discrimination, especially if it is not a direct one. It is coming from the lack of definition which is personal and material scope of discrimination and also the grounds for it.

Word from organiser

Similar to many European countries, Republic of Macedonia faces strong ongoing social exclusion, which is manifested as deprivation of the citizen’s right, same as partial or complete unavailability of services or means common for the modern way of living. This is especially widespread among the young population, which is supposed to be the leading force behind the new ideas and the improvement of the socio-economical factors, creating better conditions in the society. The differentiation process is evident, based on different socio-demographic categories (sex, age, profession, religious beliefs, ethnicity etc), giving solid ground for the appearance of antisocial behavior. A special consideration should be given to the figures showing fast growth towards aggression between the young people of Macedonia, especially after the war in 2001.
– Laze Tripkov

Targeting young talents

The organizer of this competition will continue promoting young artist and their posters around the globe, creating traveling exhibitions in Europe and Asia. One of the goals of this project is to merge the students from world academies and Europe in the territory of the Republic of Macedonia.

“Tolerance A Global Challenge” represents a base of cultural interchange, having made new friendships, realizing the importance of tolerance as its major goals. Through the defining of the ideas based on tolerance the young spirit should understand its value and realize the common advantages that this concept offers, building a solid grounds for further promotion of tolerance on global grounds.

Winners & Honorable

I prize Aleksandra Siekierko – Poland
1000 euro + ADOBE CS3 Pack;
II prize Ana Todorovska – Macedonia
650 euro + ADOBE Photoshop CS3;
III prize Uri Peleg – Izrael
350 euro + ADOBE Photoshop elements;

Honorable mentions:

Ahmet Berat Pekmezci – Turkey
Alziga Aljaz – Slovenia
Dong Huang – China
Katja Korinsek – Slovenia
Lucie Zelena – Czech Republic
Matjaz Vitez – Slovenia
Yonza Karakas – Turkey

Jury members

prof. Lech Majewski
-President of Warsaw Poster Biennale and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland
prof. Karel Misek
Special guest
-Faculty of Applied Arts and Design, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic

Yasha Rozov
-Holon Institute of Technology & Shenkar College, Ramat Gan – Israel
prof. Savas Cekic
-Marmara University of Fine Arts, Istanbul, Turkey
prof. Ryszard Kajzer
-Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland