Tzortzis Rallis is a graphic designer who uses his tools to engage in cultural, social and political initiatives. Currently he supports political grass root collectives in Greece and co-designs 'The Occupied Times of London', the independent newspaper of and for the London occupations, a medium that not only addresses the occupiers and the people sympathising with them but also reaches out for detractors – to educate and inspire. The graphic for “Truth is concrete” is inspired by a protester's placard at the occupied churchyard of St. Paul Cathedral in London on October 16 - the second day of an occupation that lasted 5 months.
"The political movements that emerged as a response to the global financial crisis during the early part of the 21st century have a tendency to use distinct visual languages to address concerns and demands. At the same time, as the new wave of protest purports to speak for the 99%, it is vital that the message can engage wider audiences. This is our intention with the design concept of Occupied Times, a newspaper that was born within Occupy London movement. The typographic approach to the festival's slogan reflect the visual voice of the newspaper and the aim to challenge a different narrative to radical protest graphics.”
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Truth is concreteA Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics
Second edition January 2015