The exhibition Living Yangtze by Éric Valli is a true multimedia voyage comprising 80 photographs and 7 films which take us to seven communities living in harmony by the Yangtze River. The exhibition shows the landscapes and the faces Éric Valli encountered on his journey. The third largest river in the world, Yangtze sustains some 480 million inhabitants along its banks and provides for a third of the Chinese population.
The Parisian show is the latest stop of the itinerant exhibition Living Yangtze. Inaugurated on the occasion of Photo Shanghai, it was subsequently on display at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore as part of a series on sustainability, then at EXPO Milano 2015, in the Vanke Pavilion; in Dongguan in China; in Paris, in the room where the Conference on Climate Change, COP12, was held; and more recently in the gardens of the Swarovski Crystal Worlds museum in Austria.
Swarovski commissioned Éric Valli to document the lives of communities residing in the vicinity of Swarovski Waterschools set up on the banks of the Yangtze River. Swarovski Waterschool China is a community project supported by the Swarovski Group and carried out in the Yangtze River valley since 2008. The program offers courses in 101 schools and, as of late 2015, had reached as many as 178,000 children.
From June 1st to June 19th, 2016
Orangerie du Sénat
Jardin du Luxembourg
Access : Door Férou (19 bis rue de Vaugirard)