Walls down 2011: 5th international poster exhibition

25 March 2011
11 June 2011
Lima, Peru

The brief

Since man has existed, he has been free to move from one place to another, to establish himself where conditions were best and even to change places if he so decided. The first nomadic tribes moved around with no obstacles; only the weather or terrain determined the conditions for their migration.

Today everything is very different. Man has evolved, putting down roots and choosing territories where he could develop and exploit the resources. When people established their homes, limits and borders came into being, creating separation and segregation. Throughout history, many wars and impediments have prevented man's freedom of movement. Man, who had been free to go wherever he pleased, has created a cage for himself from which there is no escape. We have seen walls go up to prevent invasions, electric fences along borders to keep people from leaving, concrete walls and mined territories for the same purpose, and not only physical impediments, but also bureaucratic impediments such as visas.

Some walls have come down, but others have been built; every day new barriers are created that often become territorial jails. The Berlin Wall is now history; however, others are being built, such as the one along the border between Mexico and the United States, Israel's wall in the West Bank, the one between North and South Korea, and others. It has been said that that they are security measures, that they provide protection, and other excuses have been given, but the only thing they do is accentuate the divisions and intolerance between human beings. Cuba is a similar case where its inhabitants are not free to leave and in the event they are allowed to go, they must first undergo many formalities whose only purpose is to discourage them.

However, we are not only talking about tangible walls; there is another more personal, hard and indifferent type of wall, one which we build around us that can not be seen, made of ignorance of those with disabilities or different abilities.

In principle, we are talking about human beings like us, but who have some type of physical or neurological disability. Who doesn't have a relative or acquaintance with a physical disability such as a vision, hearing or motor impairment, or Down's Syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome, autism, etc. who must struggle on a daily basis not only with their own problems, but also with the walls erected in front of them every day?

We create borders that discriminate and isolate. We have put up these walls due to ignorance and intolerance, thereby contributing to the creation of a more complicated environment for those who need our help, our understanding and, above all, our respect. Despite their having certain limitations, they have incredible developmental potential. One can contribute to that development just by being more tolerant and seeing the world as it really is.

Often we decide not to accept reality; we decide to remain ignorant because we feel more comfortable that way. It is time to change that attitude. Let's begin by accepting them and trying to get to know them. Let's refrain from marking our individual territory and building walls that imprison us, creating barriers and mining our souls.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations recognises that:

Article 1
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 13
Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.


Submission deadline

11 June 2011

The Jury

International Pre-selection Committee
  • Francesca Agate (italy)
  • Saleh Zanganeh (Iran)
  • Susana Machicao (Bolivia)
  • José Gallardo (Canada-Mexico)
  • Fernando Castillo (Peru)
  • Marina Córdova (Bolivia)
  • Hernán Ruiz (Peru)
  • Diego Bermúdez (Colombia)
  • Julio Granados (USA-Peru)
  • Vicky Avalos (Peru)
  • Ana Matos (Peru)
  • Ricardo Tsuchiya (Peru)
  • Lilian Carranza (Peru)
  • Rupo Perez-Albela (Peru)
  • Kike Chiroque (Peru)
  • Andrés Salazar (Peru)

International Jury
  • Rabia Gupta (India)
  • Felipe Taborda (Brasil)
  • Fatima Cassim (South Africa)
  • Jorge Meza (Mexico)
  • Antoine Abi Aad (Lebanon)
  • Enrique La Cruz (Peru)
  • Fabián Carreras (Argentina)
  • Maye León (Peru)
  • Esteban Salgado (Ecuador)
  • Helmut Langer (Germany)
  • Cosimo Bargellini (Italy)
  • Teresa Trevino (Mexico)
  • Mehdi Davaei (Iran)
  • Sandra Tineo (Peru)
  • Andrea Castelletti (Italy)
  • Pepe Menéndez (Cuba)
  • Andrew Lewis (Canada)
  • Rita Vidal (Peru)
  • Kai Huo (China)


General category
First, second and third place from the 400 posters selected by the Pre-selection Committee. Each of the winners in the first three places will receive a printed diploma, as well as a copy of the official book on the exhibition, which will be sent by regular mail.

Faber Castell category
Certificates for top 20 posters meeting criteria of this category.

General rules

All Peruvian and foreign designers, artists and visual communicators are invited to participate in this international exhibition. There is no limit on the number of posters that each artist may submit.

  1. Each designer may participate with one or more posters; there is no limit on the number of posters. These may be individual or part of a series.
  2. Participants should express their point of view on the central theme of WALLS DOWN www.ade-usil.com
  3. The poster size must be 70cm x 100cm, whether vertical or horizontal, and the resolution must be 200 dpi RGB in JPG format (posters that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified). Photographs must be in optimal condition in order to avoid distortion and lack of focus. Choice of technique is free; watercolors, colored pencils, markers, charcoal pencil, etc. may be used, as long as the work is subsequently digitised. With regard to plagiarism and piracy, each author is responsible for the use of photographs.
  4. This example must be followed when saving a poster file*: FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_01.JPG *Use the number 01 if sending just one poster, 02 for the second poster, and so on.
  5. Files must be sent through the following website: www.ade-usil.com. Each artist will create a user account and password and enter his/her personal information, agreeing to the general rules of the contest.
  6. The author must attach a personal photo 6cm x 8cm, 300dpi RGB in JPG format. Coauthor's photo is not necessary if your poster is selected we will contact you for coauthor's photo.
  7. The first poster selection phase will be conducted by the PRE-SELECTION COMMITTEE, which will select the 400 best posters. Subsequently, an INTERNATIONAL PANEL OF JUDGES will evaluate this group and select the 200 best entries. Among this group, there will be first, second and third place photos.
  8. All participants whose posters are selected will receive a diploma issued by the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola Art and Design Program in PDF format and sent via e-mail, in recognition of their participation and the selection of their work. Each of the winners in the first three places will receive a printed diploma, as well as a copy of the official book on the exhibition, which will be sent by regular mail.
  9. Participants assign the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola Art and Design Program the rights to reproduce all posters submitted in any digital or printed medium, such as catalogues, exhibitions or promotional editions, giving credit to the author or authors.
  10. The organising committee reserves the right to reject any posters it considers morally offensive or offensive to the culture of any country, as well as any that do not meet the requirements stated in this invitation.

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