Date: September 2015
Venues: Pavillon Carré Baudoin & Bureau des Arts de Sciences Po (Paris, France)
In September 2015, Stefen Chow and Photography of China co-organized his exhibition "The Poverty Line" at the festival Les Nuits Photographiques (Paris, France). In concomitance, we planned several artist talks at the festival as well as at the Bureau des Arts de Sciences Po (Paris, France).
The 5th edition of Les Nuits Photographiques took place from 18 September to 15 December 2015 at the Pavillon Carré de Baudouin, Paris 20th arrondissement. The overall thematic questioned the concept of "Money". The festival included the work of Stefen Chow, "The Poverty Line", and forty-two artists who responded to the creative challenge. The game was simple: Les Nuits Photographiques team sent a 20€ banknote to all the artists and they invited them to create what they called an added value. In other word, a piece of work that explored the theme of Money via the media they wanted, such as video, photography, drawing, sculpture, painting, installation.
Chow is a Beijing based photographer and an accomplished adventurer. He started his interest in photography when he was one of the mountaineers scaling Mount Everest in 2005. At first trained in Mechanical Engineering and then in Photography, Chow has already been awarded several prizes and collaborated with international companies. Among several series, one is particularly worth paying attention: "The Poverty Line" (started in 2010). This visual project – in collaboration with the economist Lin Hui-Yi – contextualizes the notion of poverty across several continents. The "Poverty Line" series shows strong conceptual and aesthetic qualities while asking a very simple question: what does it mean to be poor? Between data visualization and photography, each photograph portrays food items that poor people can afford per day.
More information: Stefen Chow's website