7 Billion Others
A Good Planet Foundation Project, Video Exhibition by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Exhibition at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
February 21 – September 13, 2015
Article by Cathy Breslaw
The 7 Billion Others video exhibition now on view at the Museum of Photographic Arts was the brain-child of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, president of the Good Planet Foundation. This exhibition and its premier showing in the United States will help audiences discover the humanist message of the inter-connectedness of all of us on this planet. The project provides an immersive video experience using interviews – with thematic updates occurring throughout its installation to continually engage viewers during its 30 week run. The project began in 2003, as authors Sybille d’Orgeval and Baptiste Rouget-Luchaire traveled with a team of reporters visiting 84 countries recording the voices of men and women. Young and old, and rich and poor speak in more than 50 languages, and represent many ethnicities, professions, religions and social backgrounds. People present answers to questions in a touching and honest way and with a generosity of spirit that is quintessentially human. Organizers posed 45 questions to more than 6,000 interviewees that span their thoughts on life, death, politics, music, climate change, love, marriage, friendship, forgiveness, anger, fear, joy and more. The exhibition opens with a 42 foot long video mosaic of a multitude of faces, eyes, expressions and smiles, reflecting their view of the world. There is also a film “Making Of” which documents the ‘behind the scenes’ filming from the other side of the camera. The exhibition ends with interviewees answering the question, “What message would you like to address to the inhabitants on this planet?” There is also free internet access with computers that visitors can use to contribute their testimonies on the project’s website. 7 Billion Others will travel to 16 separate locations around the globe during its exhibition run.