The World in London
203 photographs. 203 Londoners. 203 nationalities
The major public art project ‘The World in London’ is indicated by The Photographers’ Gallery, coinciding with the London Olympics and Paralympics 2012.
The project brings together 203 specially commissioned photographic portraits of 204 Londoners each of these represent all that nations competing in the London games.
The portraits will be mounted on large scale panels exhibited in London to the public across London during London 2012.
The use of photography shows the diversity of London’s population. It could be one of the most accessible and democratic artistic mediums of our times. The World in London exhibition uses nationwide artists such as Stephen Shore, Juergen Teller, Mary McCartney and Andres Serrano, alongside some emerging names.
Left; Snezana, a Russian woman, is photographed on her Thames River houseboat wrapped in a blanket, the pink of her slippers accentuating the winter sun behind the bare trees on the opposite shore. Middle above; Judith, a young mother from Haiti, proudly holds her baby daughter. Right above; Laka, a Mongolian-born Londoner, is portrayed at his workplace – the kitchen of a pub – surrounded by freshly cleaned pots and pans.
The exhibition involves Londoners from all ages and walks of life creating unique portraits through the different compositions, styles and settings helping reveal their individual stories.
In addition to this outdoor exhibition The World in London images will be shown online offering access to the personal stories behind the images. http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/the-world-in-london-2
The World in London is supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and by Arts Council England
An off-site exhibition showing 27th July – 12th August 2012
Victoria Park, Grove Road, London, E3 5SN (27th July – 12th August 2012)
Park House, 453 – 497 Oxford Street, London, W1: (27th July – 30th August 2012)
All photographs will feature on the project’s website, launching on 27 July