Faces of the World, Faces of the Earth is a photography exhibition that will run Oct31st - Nov 9th at URBANCROSS Gallery. Elevate⫶Art and Urban Network Office present German-Shanghainese photographer Christine Wang’s first exhibition in China.
Divided into two, Faces of the World, Faces of the Earth seeks to portray the color and richness of the human experience. Faces of the World tells the stories of everyday lives around the world, from Ethiopia to Madagascar, Turkey to Kazakhstan, Myanmar to Indonesia. Wang has traveled far and wide capturing day-to-day life by the camera, attempting to show how what might seem ordinary to people at the moment often appears to outsiders as remarkable.
“I find it very interesting to see that you yourself do not realize your daily life anymore. But to someone else, to a third observer, it might stir up inspiration or surprise. By evoking this feeling, I hope my work brings human beings closer to each other.”
Faces of the Earth depicts the many ‘faces’ that set the scene for these stories —— natural landscapes and cities, the often-overlooked contextual surroundings to our human experiences. Wang utilizes recent drone photography technology to capture landscapes from a birds-eye point of view, giving the audience a unique vantage point from which to view these contexts.
The exhibition features photos from 13 countries across 4 continents.
Wang was born in Germany to Shanghainese parents. After living in multiple countries around the world, and having traveled more than fifty, she moved to Shanghai in 2016 to explore her roots. Her intercultural upbringing drives her curiosity about other cultures around the world, and about how they communicate and identify.
“Coming from a Chinese family but growing up in Germany has had a really big influence on my photography, who I am. Because I’ve never really felt fully one or the other, I think it made me really open to other people, and cultures.”