Exploring preconcep­tions of language

I created this poster as a way to highlight how prejudices can be played out through written language.

The text on the poster reads !طخ (tokh!), an Arabic onomatopoeia for the sound of a gunshot or explosion. This possibly loaded word has been rendered in the style of a BANG! flag from an old toy gun, giving it visual impact but reducing its power to play fighting or cartoon brawls.

The printed A1 poster
Creating the background explosion
Drawing out the Arabic to be scanned and edited digitally
The digital file