Them–and–Us brings together 20 European and 20 African visual artists, designers, illustrators and photographers to explore the similarities and the differences between their respective worldviews and visual sensibilities. The artists have been paired — one from Europe and one from Africa. Each pairing has selected a theme and then designed a double-sided poster: one side European, the other African. Communication, discussion and the cross-pollination of ideas, opinions and styles have been actively encouraged, and the resulting posters form a vivid dialogue centred on the notion of Them–and–Us, and the broader themes of tolerance and intolerance, as seen from the respective cultural viewpoints. This package contains all 20 double-sided posters. It also houses a 56-page booklet profiling all the artists involved and detailing the purpose and processes of the project. As well as interviews with each artist, there are also excerpts of discussions taken from the online forum used by the participants to debate their individual and collective approaches. Them–and–Us was exhibited in Durban, Cape Town, Stockholm and London in 2010. All proceeds from sales went to Amnesty International to help in the global fight against intolerance.
Richard Hart and Adrian Shaughnessy