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Intricate Paper Art Illustrates the Trap of Illiteracy in Indian Campaign

Artists Created Images Using 'Quilling' for CRY America

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on May 24, 2016

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To highlight how illiteracy in India can damage a child's chances, a campaign for literacy charity Child Rights and You (CRY) America makes use of intricate paper art in the shape of thumbprints.

BBH India worked on the campaign, which is aimed to ensure children across CRY America-supported projects in India go to school and complete their education. Its central image is a child breaking out of a thumbprint. In India, the thumbprint, which is commonly used to denote identity, becomes a symbol of shame and illiteracy when used in lieu of a written signature.

To demonstrate the treacherous snare of illiteracy, three different ads have been created wherein the thumbprint is depicted as a maze, a valley and a forest; with a child making his way out in each. For the imagery, BBH commissioned various Indian artists to recreate the fingerprint in the form of a maze, valley and forest using a form of paper art called quilling.

The campaign will run digitally, including on the CRY America microsite.

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Credits

Date
May 24, 2016
Agency:
BBH Mumbai
Chief Creative Officer:
Russell Barrett
Client:
CRY America
Chief Executive Officer:
Subhash Kamath
Creative Director / Art:
Sapna Ahluwalia
Copywriter:
Yohan Daver
Copywriter:
Sean De Jervis Sequeira
Art Director:
Rebecca Daniel
Art Director:
Kushal Birari
Art Director:
Chetan Mahajan
Illustrator:
Anant Nanvare
Photographer:
Abhijit Kalan
Photographer:
Pratim Shankar
Photographer:
Saish Kambli
Retoucher:
Avinash Mahadik
Agency Producer:
Reema Asrani
Senior Business Partner:
Rutika Shroff
Business Partner:
Monisha Khanna
Business Partner:
Ankita Kadambande

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