Empty Slogans

A project by Shir Zilberstein and Janna Lichter
University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf and University of Europe for Applied Sciences Berlin
with Prof.* Anja Vormann

The project Empty Slogans explores the possibilities and the limitations of protest signs as moments of resistance. It opens typographic research of Hebrew and Arabic written statements on protest-signs during demonstrations in Tel Aviv.

The idea is to collect, archive, and make visible the slogans and statements produced for social change. The deconstruction of text, graphics and spaces opens up new links and configurations enabling visual spaces of communication. The alternative voices circulate, transform, and create hybrid interpretive contexts for viewers. The graphics were projected in Berlin and Düsseldorf and served as the basis for engaging with people and discussing politics and society.

When everything is dark consider the possibility you are the light.

From the river to the sea, democracy for all

What was told? Historical peace

Love, equality, liberty, Free-thought


Israel move forward


Separation and hate like a broken record

I went out to look for a personal example

The right side of history and there is a place for everyone!

It is time to wake up, the home is falling apart

A brave and democratic Jewish-Arab leadership is needed