Young Guns 5 WINNERS

2006: The move to make Young Guns an international competition was a a smart one; Young Guns 5 saw nearly a quarter of its submissions come from outside of the United States. Beyond the Moleskine-produced annual and the November 9, 2006 ceremony and exhibition, this year introduced a speaker series that explored the work, history, hurdles, goals and aspirations of Young Guns winners.


Zak Kyes

Zak Kyes is a founding partner and creative director of Zak Group. At Zak Group he leads a wide range of strategy and design projects including digital platforms, brand identities and collaborations with artists and museum directors. He is currently directing the design and development of websites for MMK Frankfurt and Nottingham Contemporary.

His identity projects include Chicago Architecture Biennial, Paco Rabanne, Timothy Taylor, the Berlin Biennale, and the Taipei Biennale. He has collaborated with artists including Anne Imhof, Tony Oursler, Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Ed Atkins among many others. Collaborations with curators and museum directors include the art direction and identity of Fridericianum, Kassel and the 2017 German Pavilion (with Susanne Pfeffer); a flagship digital platform for M+, Hong Kong (with Doryun Chong); a new identity for Städelschule (with Philippe Pirotte); Imponderable: The Archives of Tony Oursler (with Beatrix Ruf, Tom Eccles); the art direction of Astrup Fearnley Museet (with Gunnar Kvaran), the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (with Juan A. Gaitán); the exhibition design of After Year Zero and the 2012 Taipei Biennial (with Anselm Franke); the design of numerous publications such as the Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon, London (with Hans Ulrich Obrist).

From 2006 to 2016 he was the Art Director of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. The AA’s new visual identity, exhibitions, public programmes and over 160 books, including Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective and L.A.W.U.N Project #19, were organised and designed under his creative direction. He initiated and co-curated exhibitions including Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design (2007-09), Exhibition Prosthetics (2010) and OMA Book Machine (2010), and co-founded the publishing imprint Bedford Press.

He is the recipient of the Inform Award for Conceptual Design from the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, who initiated the exhibition and accompanying publication Zak Kyes Working With… published by Sternberg Press in 2011.




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