BA (Hons) Graphic Design students Martin Lezhenin and Natasha Kukina took part at the POST MEDIUM International Biennale of Graphic Design in Chaumont and won one of the three prizes for the best project. The Biennale celebrates graphic design over four months and gives an opportunity for all its participants to meet up, discuss practices and topical issues thanks to a variety of events all over the city.
The students’ project was dedicated to the Constitution of the Russian Federation. During a three hour event open upon invitation, the Russian constitution was read out loud. For each article, the participants had to respond by yes or no on a printed form: does this article seem to be enforced in our state? A website makes it possible to listen to the constitution being read out loud and also to consult the statistics established from the given replies.
By using an institutional enunciation process – reading an article out loud and then voting on it, the collective plays with the collective comprehension and the individual judgement. The proposal leads the participants to take their stand personally, yet collectively it undoes a default community structured by a founding text.
The Biennale highlights young creation and major artists of graphic design, with solo exhibitions of Frédéric Teschner, Karl Nawrot and Camille Trimardeau and through theme exhibitions, such as "La Fabrique de l'affiche", "Exemplaires 2019, formes et pratiques de l'édition" and exhibitions dedicated to the International posters competition and the student’s competition.