Titles: Part 42

Here is a screen print I editioned yesterday. I’ve a problem with the title. Please take a look as it is i.e. without a title, and decide what you think.

I could simply call it “Coexist”. Then it would be judged as it is.

However the wall is a photograph I took in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik which I visited recently. It shows shrapnel damage sustained during the Homeland War when the town was shelled by the Serbs. I saw the “Coexist” made up of an Islamic crescent, a Jewish Star of David and a Christian crucifix on a T-shirt in Mostar, another city which suffered major destruction. It wasn’t originally sprayed graffiti, as it appears in the print.

“Coexist” is a bit too vague as there is no suggestion as to what is being shown. A title such as “Shrapnel Damage” or even “Walls of Dubrovnik” I feel, though, is a too precise, telling the viewer what to think.

Any suggestions, please? I want to enter it in a competition this weekend, and I refuse to call it “Untitled”!

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13 Responses to Titles: Part 42

  1. seascapesaus says:

    what about “Dubrovnik demands”
    or “the people’s plea” although that doesn’t locate it geographically.

  2. brondove says:

    Or simply: Dubrovnik + the date you saw it?

  3. Nancy Farmer says:

    I would simply call it ‘Coexist’. Simples 🙂 people can see the shrapnel damage and draw their own conclusions as to whether this is an aspiration or a statement of fact.

  4. I think the ‘co-exist’ is what grabs the attention and gives the photo meaning.

  5. scribedoll says:

    I know I’m late – sorry – but I like the title COEXIST.

  6. Thank you for all your comments. The print was entered for the neo:artists competition under the title “The Plea”.

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