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Sakuya

HARLEM


What I want to present via this poster is mostly about the feeling and the overall atmosphere in the southern part of Harlem. It was not exaggerated, neither overwhelmingly intense. It was more of a mild puncture that hurts me all the time through each single moment and each hollow glance. I tend to express this abstract feeling in a poetic way, that is, avoiding presenting any explicit data or information but reaching an emotional stratosphere. The choice of being linear, flat and sharp is to reflect the connection between people as well as that between people and the space, the loss of trust, and the way of living. It may seems to be connected from the first glance, while as you spend more time on it, you will see the different energy of each part and how they have their own logic instead of creating a complete harmony and bonds within the whole. The invisible gap, that is, the loss of trust in a great scale, pushes people away from the centre, the core of community.

I then reflect on my own position when making this piece and observing the neighbourhood…I can’t call myself purely an outsider as I feel the atmosphere and I breathe the same air as they do at the same time. That experience also triggered something in me as a designer. Perhaps I somehow mixed my own interpretation into the work, that thing I can’t avoid as long as I was being honest.

I can’t think of how it will be meaningful to just put loads of objective information on a huge poster that will very likely loss the audience. I’d rather check out the statistic website, a more reliable source to get my statistics  and I don’t need to be worrying about being interrupted by a random designer with his/her own bias. Then I decided to go for a more abstract way, a way that is all about connecting with mu audience. Since a neighbourhood is much more about the physical space and what kind of people live there. I am telling a story about the energy of the place.


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