27th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw 2021

27th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw

In 2020, several accompanying events for the 27th Biennale took place. They were the lead-in to what is about to happen during the key event from 12 June to 28 August 2021.

The PANDEMIC has foiled our plans, like many others. Therefore, the 27th International Poster Biennale, initially to be held entirely in 2020, is taking place mostly in 2021. 

Both Biennale competitions are open to everyone. The Main Competition does not have a theme. It is a cross-section of the world’s cultural diversity and current affairs from various areas. The Thematic Competition focuses on a particular aspect: The Changing World and Health. Changes are taking place in the society, culture, politics and economy. We live in a risk society. Globalisation and localness collide and mediate. Contrasts catch the eye. On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization announced the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The world is still struggling, although the number of people in the world population (and national populations) who have received at least one vaccine dose is increasing. We also believe that – by virtue of the six degrees of separation – everyone in the global village knows someone who has recovered from or died of COVID-19. 

Obviously, the determinants of health include not only medical, but also social, cultural, psychological, political, and economic matters. Environmental degradation and global climate change are among them. For example, it has been observed that extreme weather phenomena affect health. We struggle with lifestyle diseases – the consequence of human development. Diagnostic terms reverberate ominously in our minds: cancer, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, diabetes, obesity, depression, neurosis, anxiety disorders, alcoholism, drug dependence… What will befall every one of us? How to avoid it? We fall victim not to the pandemic, but to the syndemic. We inhale pollution emitted by motor vehicles, factories, heating devices, and tobacco smoke. People die of the long-forgotten TB and the still frequent AIDS. The great famine in Africa results from relentless global helplessness. 

On a popular rather than scientific scale, we use various medical categories: infectious diseases (whose vectors have changed their geographic reach), STDs, genetic diseases, autoimmune diseases, chronic conditions, zoonoses (including insect vectors)… As we share the world with animals, more and more often, we realise we have only one health. We speak of urban health, occupational health, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, healthy ageing… Health is connected to food, water and chemical safety. Health awareness and education, levelling up health inequalities, developing health and pharmaceutical technologies (with increasing resistance to antimicrobials), health politics accounting for sustainable goals – these are some of the key challenges of the modern age. 

Health issues in the modern world are innumerable! 
Let’s see how poster artists view them!

And stay healthy! 

Organizational information 

Posters could have been submitted to both competitions individually, in duets, artistic groups or as graphic art/design/branding studios. 

The submitted posters had to meet participation requirements specified in the regulations of both competitions – available at www.warsawposterbiennale.com

We received 3,200 entries in total, amounting to 6,000 posters!

MAIN COMPETITION – in the final stage:

310

posters

246

artists

5

continents

45

countries:

Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Canada, Kazakhstan, Colombia, South Korea, Cuba, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, United Kingdom

THEMATIC COMPETITION – in the final stage:

99

artists

85

posters

3

continents

19

countries:

Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Ukraine

The post-competition exhibitions and the official announcement of results will take place on 12 June 2021!

The posters admitted to the finals of both competitions will be donated – pursuant to relevant regulations and procedures – to the Poster Museum in Wilanów and potentially to other museum collections or archives. 

Awards for winners!

Main Competition

Gold Medal – PLN 20,000
Silver Medal – PLN 15,000
Bronze Medal – PLN 10,000

Thematic Competition

Gold Medal – PLN 15,000
Silver Medal – PLN 10,000
Bronze Medal – PLN 7,000
Józef Mroszczak Honorary Prize awarded by the Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.