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We Are The World: Photography from China and the Netherlands
Various Artists

We Are The World

We Are The WorldWe Are The World: Photography from China and the Netherlands
Stephanie Tung
Post Editions
English and Chinese

Contributing Artists: Chen Xiao, Jin Jiangbo, Mo Yi, Song Chao, Xiong Wenyun, Zhao Liang, Zeng Han, Jacqueline Hassink, Theo Niekus, Wassink Lundgren, Henk Wildschut, Frank Van Der Salm, Gerald Van Der Kaap, Ad Van Denderen 


177 Pages
170 x 210 mm
ISBN 9789460830204


WATW is short for We Are The World, the song originally written in 1985 by Lionel Ritchie and Michael Jackson for a campaign against famine in Ethiopia and later hijacked for a multitude of purposes, commercial as well as non-commercial, addressing the issues of solidarity as well as mutual responsibility.

WATW looks at various aspects of our, consumption-driven world. It combines the works of Chinese and Dutch photographers and artists in a travelling exhibition and website that can be defined as montages of artistic, journalistic, and scientific observations and aims to draw attention to our mutual responsibility for the globalising world we are living in.

The area covered by WATW is vast, ranging from economic growth to the environment, from energy production to capital flows, from migration to consumption. In our globalized world, all these phenomena are linked and pointing to the fact that we have a transnational, shared responsibility to cope with them.

Although WATW is not a political pamphlet, the montage of both the artists’ works and the projected infographics that provide real time running data such as how many days are left until the end of oil, or the daily CO² emissions, amongst many others, invites the reader to consider our impact on world around us.

About the Curator
Stephanie H. Tung’s research focuses on the history of photography in China, and in particular, the intersections of the literary, photography, and art worlds of early-20th-century China. She is currently working on a dissertation that focuses on Republican Era photographic societies in Shanghai and Beijing, and examines the parallels between models of visual and linguistic translation.

About the Publisher 
Post Editions was an independent publisher based in Rotterdam dedicated to the task of initiating, producing and distributing special books on contemporary art, architecture and photography.

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