Urban Lives

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Shoshana Wayne Gallery
Urban Lives

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave., B1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
September 10th, 2011 - November 5th, 2011
Opening: September 10th, 2011 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

santa monica/venice
Tue-Fri 10-5; Sat 11-5:30


Shoshana Wayne Gallery is pleased to present Urban Lives, a group show of photography, including works by Irit Batsry, Pieter Hugo, Valerie Jouve, and Sze Tsung Leong.
The photographs in this exhibition chronicle the human situation when living in cities.  The city is an inescapable part of human fabric today; more and more people are relocating from the rural parts of the globe to major metropolises.  This phenomenon has occurred throughout other points in history but never to this extent.  Today over 50 % of the worlds population occupy just 2 % of the earth’s surface; and are responsible for 80 % of economic output.  Over 75 % of the world’s population will be located in cities by 2050.
Irit Batsry blurs boundaries between mediums such as film and photography and refocuses our attention on the simplicity of environment; using subjects as basic as sky and ground, architecture and the absence or presence of the human figure, in the setting of Milagres, a town in the interior Northeastern part of Brazil.
Pieter Hugo brings attention to African populations under represented in common political discourse.  In the Ghanaian suburb of Agbogbloshie, where the world sends its electronic waste; local citizens risk their health to harvest precious metals from the heap of burning technological trash.  In the Hyena series, Hugo documents a sect of Nigerian men in Lagos called Gadawan Kura (Hyena handlers).
Valerie Jouve captures the poetry of the every day street, which is activated and imbued with the specific energy, personalities, and moods of its citizens.
Sze Tsung Leong captures China in flux; with its growing economy, historic buildings are torn down and replaced by high rises of the future.  Cranes feature prominently in the skyline, stealing attention from the ruins of stone that lay at their feet. 
These images grant glimpses into the fabric of various urban landscapes of today; featuring the dichotomies between poverty and identity in Africa, growth and history in China, citizenship and the people in New York; and illusion and enigma in Brazil.
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