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Klara Blazek
Graphic Communication Design

Central Saint Martins UAL

Specialisms: Graphic Design / Visual Communication / Digital Design

Location: London, United Kingdom

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Klara Blazek

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First Name: Klara

Last Name: Blazek

Specialisms: Graphic Design / Visual Communication / Digital Design

Sectors: Digital/Visual Communication/Film / Digital/Visual Communication/Film / Digital/Visual Communication/Film

My Location: London, United Kingdom

University / College: Central Saint Martins UAL

Course / Program Title: Graphic Communication Design


Klara Blazek is a graphic designer and researcher currently based in London. Her independent practice interrogates the tension between location and identity, utilizing maps and fictional narratives to question existing labels and physical borders. She advocates for self investigation through design, and develops methods to create alternative personal geographies, which incorporate a more nuanced definition of where a person is from.

Most people are not defined by a singular place. Where you were born, where your family is from, where you used to live, and where you currently live can vastly differ. All of these places play a role in your locational identity, as formative locations instrumental to your personal development. Despite this, we are frequently asked for an overly simplified answer regarding locational identity, misrepresenting or negating those with more complex identities such as multi-nationals, immigrants, and diaspora. -- Self Cities is a workshop series aimed at challenging this oversimplification through graphic communication design, specifically collage and mapmaking. During the workshops participants combine their formative locations to create a complex city that is not limited to geographic reality and existing labels. To showcase the maps created in the workshops thus far, I designed a printed map as well as a website, This workshop series is ongoing. If you would like to participate in future events or find out more information about the project, follow @selfcities on Instagram. If you would like to host a workshop either virtually or in person, email [email protected]