13-29 March 2013


The first exhibition under the title “Crisis is a greek word” was officially completed at the the 29th of March 2013. The exhibition hosted at the Izmir University of Economics under the auspices of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design (FFAD) and the Visual Communication Department.

We would like to thank Mr Ender Bulgun, Dean, FFAD, Mr. Osman Demirbas, Vice-Dean FFAD and Mrs Fulya Ertem Baskaya, Head VCD, FFAD.

We also like to thank our project partners: Marina Emmanouil, Lecturer, Visual Communication Design Department (FFAD), Jörn Fröhlich, Lecturer, Fashion Department (FFAD), Eser Sivri, IT Technician (FFAD), Artun E. Özgüner, Research Assistant (FFAD), Elif Tekcan, Research Assistant (FFAD), Hakan Tuncel, Studio Supervisor, Faculty of Communication (FC), Alper Gedik, Lecturer (FC).

During the last day of the exhibition, an one day event was organized where Turkish and Greek participants discussed the subject of ‘crisis’. The idea was to aid a deeper understanding of "crisis" as a dynamic phenomenon through identifying its meaning, stages and forms it can take in the (design) world, and also obstacles and opportunities it creates. The aim was to address the role of design in Greece and Turkey and bring a message of creativity to the world.

Three design teams from Greece (Asprimera design studio, 2Yolk, Nomint), official exhibition participants, opened the floor with their current experience of living and working in a country in crisis. Parallel to the exhibition there was a call for all FFAD students at the IEU to participate in a poster competition on the subject of ‘the Greek crisis’ as an outsider. The winning poster will travel all over the world as part of the main exhibition. Two more awards given to the second and third poster, due to their excellent survey and design method.