Turkish-Armenian artist Sarkis represented Turkey for the 56th International Art Biennale in Venice in 2015. His installation was titled Respiro, meaning ‘breath’, and encompassed stained-glass, neon and mirror-based artworks. We were commissioned to create the communication materials for the exhibition, and a publication to accompany it.
In the spirit of the show’s title, our design affords the content white space in order to breathe, most notably on the cover. The rainbow emblem from the neons in the exhibit, a common signifier within Sarkis’ work, is echoed on the spine and fore-edge of the book, which is specially bound to lie flat and afford the best representation of the images within. For the exhibition itself, we designed a press folder and tote bag in which visitors could carry their copies of the catalogue and other materials—eschewing the usual canvas or card, both were was constructed from screen-printed clear PVC to reflect the themes of light, reflection and transparency in Sarkis’ installation. We worked with Sarkis to add another layer of meaning to the work held within, screen printing both in metallic gold to frame a work underneath.