35 x 50 in. (90 x 128 cm)
Ralph Schraivogel (1960-) is one of the most influential figures in contemporary Swiss graphic design. The poster has long been his medium of choice. Schraivogel’s posters are eclectic – for each carefully researched commission he finds a unique and fitting take on the subject matter. He is well known for his highly complex and richly patterned works, but he also produces more restrained compositions when it suits the commission. Schraivogel’s posters are held in major museums around the world and have been the subject of international exhibitions.
Schraivogel designed the posters for Zurich’s biannual African film festival, Cinemafrica. For all the posters in the Cinemafrica series he uses a zebra pattern as a base, which he then manipulates and distorts in different ways. Here, he creates depth and interest by layering photographs beneath the zebra pattern. The type emerges as a three-dimensional extension of the zebra stripes, suggesting the motion of film.