The Families of Planet Earth is an indoor/outdoor kaleidoscope of families from around the world based on the award winning book: “1000 Families” by Uwe Ommer.
Because of its profound impact on audiences around the world, The Families of Planet Earth became a cultural phenomenon that spans generations. It’s been installed in art galleries, museums and parks around the world and now, Golden Valley Arts leader David Berry brings it to the USA.
And its first stop is right here in Golden Valley, MN!
This unique and personal experience gives audiences young and old an experience that quietly reaffirms Maya Angelou’s message; “Within diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
“Wherever this experience travels, it creates awareness and understanding of the diversity that nourishes and strengthens every community” says David Berry, the Golden Valley resident who launched the project. “Each family’s photograph is enlarged and installed at city locations, including city events, parks, trails, walkways and interior spaces.”
The tour begins at the opening of the new Brookview in Golden Valley, MN., then extends its reach across different metro locations and beyond, including a national tour.
“Look at these faces, and you will discover a grandmother, a friend or an uncle in people you imagine a thousand leagues from you. You’ll see how close we all are-alike and yet so different. This experience will teach us to look at other people through different eyes, and not get stuck on the accessory that stops us seeing by making things far too simple. Look at all these details which create diversity other than that of prejudices and barriers.” –Oliver Delahaye, Paris
“You’ll stop thinking that you’re different from people living far away from you or next door to you. You’ll stop thinking about people who don’t share your culture or your ideas. You’ll see how, through a thousand and one tiny details, we are all so alike and so different, and all in a random, haphazard way-not the way you’ve been taught hitherto on the basis of color, language, sexual preference and religion.”
“Take a look at the details, the expressions, the tenderness and the tiredness, the worried and calm-eyed glances, hands calloused or nimble, hands ruined or well-tended, the wrinkles, words unspoken, fleeting smiles. Open your eyes, and don’t go by what is alleged to be the evidence. In this way you’ll play the game of relative differences and random similarities. It’s all very enriching, and it will put accepted ideas in the past.”