From Ukraine herself, Gerasimchuk-Djordjevic wanted to give artists who were experiencing the war firsthand a space to display their thoughts and feelings. With the intensity of the situation though, she knew this would be a difficult process.
“How do you approach artists to display their artwork in a few months when they don’t know if they will be alive tomorrow?” says Gerasimchuk-Djordjevic.
The 4th Block Graphic Designers Association partnered with Posterterritory and created an international open call for artists. The call asked artists to design a poster that expressed how they felt about the Russia-Ukraine War. Severina has received almost 1,000 submissions since beginning the initiative.
In early August, Severina and Gerasimchuk-Djordjevic began organizing a show for Springfield in the opening that arose months prior at the Carolla Arts Exhibition Center. The show includes 100 posters and two large pieces from artists around the world.
Stand with Ukraine is on display at the Carolla Arts Exhibition Center through Sept. 7. The showing will be open for First Friday Artwalk on Sept. 2 from 6–9 p.m. To view a list of artists and to donate to partnered organizations visit the Poster Territory website.