Civilization: The Way We Live Now
“Our fast-changing world seen through the lenses of 140 leading contemporary photographers around the globe”
We hurtle together into the future at ever-increasing speed – or so it seems to the collective psyche. Perpetually evolving, morphing, building and demolishing, rethinking, reframing and reshaping the world around and ahead – and the people within it – an emerging, planetary-wide Civilization is our grand, global, collective endeavour. Never before in human history have so many people been so interconnected, and so interdependent.
With close to 500 images, many previously unpublished, this landmark publication takes stock of the material and spiritual cultures that make up ‘civilization’. Ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary, from our great collective achievements to our ruinous collectiv e failings, Civilization: The Way We Live Now explores the complexity of contemporary civilization through the rich, nuanced language of photography.
Featuring images by some 140 photographers – from Reiner Riedler’s families at leisure parks, Raimond Wouda’s high schools, Wang Qingsong’s Work, Work, Work and Cindy Sherman’s Society Portraits, to Lauren Greenfield’s displays of ostentatious wealth, Edward Burtynsky’s oil fields, Pablo Lopez Luz’s views on a sprawling contemporary megapolis, Thomas Struth’s images of high technology, Xing Danwen’s electronic wastelands, Taryn Simon’s Contraband and myself, Ahmad Zamroni’s about belief and religion. Civilization draws together the threads of humankind’s ever-changing, frenetic, collective life across the globe.
“These days most people around the world dress in much the same way: the same jeans, the same sneakers, the same T-shirts… It is one of the greatest paradoxes of modern history that a system designed to offer infinite choice to the individual has ended up homogenizing humanity.”- Niall Ferguson (Civilization, 2011)
Visually epic, Civilization is presented through eight thematic chapters,each featuring powerful imagery and accompanied by provocative essays, quotes, and concise statements by the artists themselves.This ambitious publication is accompanied by an internationally touring exhibition produced by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography – a global cultural event for a global subject.
Concept of the exhibition curated by
William Ewing, Bartomeu Marí and Holly Roussell Perret-Gentil.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, October 18 2018-February 17 2019 ; Celebration of the book on November 5th at Flowers Gallery, London
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
September 20 2019-February 2 2020 ; Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki February – March, 2020 ; Marseille’s Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (Mucem) mid-February 2021.
Artists/photographers: Max Aguilera-Hellweg, Andreia Alves de Oliveira, Evan Baden, Murray Ballard, Olivo Barbieri, Mandy Barker, Olaf Otto Becker, Valérie Belin, Daniel Berehulak, Peter Bialobrzeski, Florian Böhm, Michele Borzoni, Priscilla Briggs, Paul Bulteel, Edward Burtynsky, Alejandro Cartagena, Philippe Chancel, Che Onejoon, Olivier Christinat, Lynne Cohen, Lois Conner, Raphaël Dallaporta, Gerco de Ruijter, Richard de Tscharner, Sergey Dolzhenko, Natan Dvir, Roger Eberhard, Mitch Epstein, Andrew Esiebo, Adam Ferguson, Vincent Fournier, Andy Freeberg, Lee Friedlander, Matthieu Gafsou, Andreas Gefeller, George Georgiou, Christoph Gielen, Ashley Gilbertson, Katy Grannan, Samuel Gratacap, Lauren Greenfield, Han Sungpil, Nick Hannes, Sean Hemmerle, Mishka Henner, South Ho Siu Nam, Candida Höfer, Dan Holdsworth, Hong Hao, Pieter Hugo, Jo Choonman, Chris Jordan, Yeondoo Jung, Nadav Kander, KDK, Mike Kelley, KIM Taedong, Alfred Ko, Irene Kung, Benny Lam, An-My Lê, Gjorgji Lichovski, Michael Light, Mauricio Lima, Pablo López Luz, Christian Lünig, Vera Lutter, Alex MacLean, David Maisel, Ann Mandelbaum, Edgar Martins, Jeffrey Milstein, Mintio, Richard Misrach, Andrew Moore, David Moore, Richard Mosse, Michael Najjar, Walter Niedermayr, NOH Suntag, Jason Sangik Noh, Simon Norfolk, Hiroshi Okamoto, Neil Pardington, Trent Parke, Cara Phillips, Robert Polidori, Sergey Ponomarev, Cyril Porchet, Mark Power, Giles Price, Reiner Riedler, Simon Roberts, Andrew Rowat, Victoria Sambunaris, SATO Shintaro, Dona Schwartz, Paul Shambroom, Sheng-Wen Lo, Toshio Shibata, Taryn Simon, Alec Soth, Henrik Spohler, Will Steacy, Thomas Struth, Larry Sultan, Shigeru Takato, Eric Thayer, Danila Tkachenko, Eason Tsang Ka Wai, Andreas Tschersich, Amalia Ulman, Brian Ulrich, Penelope Umbrico, Carlo Valsecchi, Reginald Van de Velde, Cássio Vasconcellos, Massimo Vitali, Robert Walker, Dougie Wallace, Richard Wallbank, Wang Qingsong, Patrick Weidmann, Thomas Weinberger, Damon Winter, Michael Wolf, Paolo Woods & Gabriele Galimberti, Raimond Wouda, Xing Danwen, Anne Zahalka, Ahmad Zamroni, Luca Zanier, Zhang Xiao, Robert Zhao Renhui, Francesco Zizola
Civilization: The Way We Live Now at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Posted by FEP – Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography on Tuesday, March 26, 2019