Exhibition Project curated together with Dídac Ballester. Tribute by Valencian designers to Josep Renau.
The reason behind revaluing the figure of Josep Renau, and in particular, this tribute made by designers for his centenary, does not centre on the features of his artistic creativity but rather his committed activism that went hand in hand with his graphic work. In the times in which he lived, he was an intellectual associated to left-wing thinking and its values of justice, equality and above all, the education of the general population and the eradication of the endemic illiteracy that the Spanish population was towing. Amongst the graphic designers in Valencia today, we can find many who are committed to current society. Through their work, designers condemn environmental disasters, such as the destruction of Valencian agricultural land in the wake of property development; poverty, domestic violence, social inequalities and the social exclusion of minority groups; they also support non-governmental and critical-thinking organisations. Their artistic activities propose new ways of seeing the world and reflecting upon them. In this way, the relationship between the designer and their pieces becomes closer and gets the creator involved in the society they live in, making them reflect upon it and proposing new solutions to improve it, helping to make others aware of the reality that surrounds us and above all, acting as critical citizens in order to be designers.
Designers such as Daniel Nebot, Paco Bascuñán, Sebastián Alós and Pepe Gimeno will be participating in the exhibition, amongst others.