« To know that tomorrow will be and that it can be changed is the attribute of man »
— Albert Jacquard
“Nous sommes tous responsables de notre Terre. Prenons conscience que c’est à chacun de nous d’agir dès maintenant par des gestes simples et évidents”
— Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Fondation GoodPlanet.
The exhibition Alive must be outdoor for a minimum duration of 2 months. Access to it will be free and 24H/24 (lighting mandatory at night).
What is the role of biodiversity in this world dominated by Human?
How to make each one of us aware that we can that, we have to change our behaviour urgently?
The concept of this spectacular exhibition is to provoke awareness, showing: Beauty and abundance of the animal world, Impact of humans’ actions on the planet.
Because this awareness must encourage a change of behaviour, the exhibition presents on each text panel some initiatives and solutions for a sustainable development.
- FRANCE , Reims - Parc de Champagne: from the 6th of May 2010
- FRANCE , Calais - Parc Saint-Pierre: from the 20th of May 2010
- CZECH REPUBLIC , Pizen: from the 17th of June to the 27th of September 2009
- CANADA , Montreal - Botanical Garden: from the 17th of June to the 20th of October 2008
- CZECH REPUBLIC , Prague û Namesti Republiky Square www.zemekrasnaneznama.cz: from the 11th of June to the 5th of October 2008
- SLOVENIA, Ljubljana - Jakopicevo sprehajalisce (Tivoli Park): from the 23rd of March to the 30th of May 2008
- FRANCE, Le Tourp : from the 26th of april to the 2th of december 2007
- FRANCE, Paris 7, Quai Branly: from 21st of may to the 22th of august 2007
SWITZERLAND, KNIE circus, itinerant exhibition: from the 4th of may to the 10th of october 2007 at :
· Lausanne: from the 28th of september to the 10th of october
- · Zurich: from the 4 of may to the 3 of june
- · Basel: from the 7th to the 20th of june
- · Bern: from the 9th to the 22nd of august
- · Geneva: from the 24th of auguste to the 13th of september
Why this exhibition?
I started my work of photographer, in a nature reserve of Kenya. For almost 2 years, day after day, my wife Anne and I have followed, and shared the life of a lion family to study their behaviours. Those animals were my first models, and thanks to them, I’ve perceived the impact of a photograph, one that brings different kind of information and emotion than words. From that time on I’ve always felt tenderness and admiration for wildlife photographers. Their work helps us focus on the « living ». All these years spent photographing « The Earth from Above » have really changed me. During my trips, I became aware of the beauty of the landscapes but also of our actions’ impact on nature. Paradoxically the more the man evolves, and improves his quality of life; the more he damages and weakens his planet at the expense of all the species. Because we are part of the « living », the extinction of biodiversity heralds our own disappearance. The first time I’ve heard of sustainable development, it seemed to me an abstract notion, very far from my immediate concern. Today I know, that this expression carries a real humanism. I saw the suffering of certain people, but also met great persons who work unflaggingly for human and environment protection. Today I know that solutions exist. Here are some very beautiful photographs of animals, here are quantified consequences of our lifestyle, but here are also examples of the change we must undertake. We are all responsible for our Earth. Let us realize that each one of us must act now in an easy and simple way. Let us give sense to our every day life. It’s time to change.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand GoodPlanet.org
The exhibition Alive has been conceived and organized by Goodplanet, an association with non-lucrative aims, created the 1st July 2005 whose president is Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The association works to heighten public awareness of our world’s problems through several large-scale projects: cultural and pedagogic manifestations, exhibitions, audiovisual productions, photographs, books publishing… The association tries to mobilize economic and political actors, associating them to Goodplanet actions, thus allowing them to become actively involved in sustainable development. It also wants to act, setting up programs that bring concrete answers to the threats to our planet Yann Arthus-Bertrand set up “Actioncarbone.org”. Thanks to this project, like the photograph, each one can offset the greenhouse emissions caused by his activities by funding renewable energy, energy efficiency reforestation projects.
In order to unite the work of French actors of sustainable development, Goodplanet is member of the unions L’alliance pour la planète, and the Comité 21.
The most famous wildlife photographers participate to Alive
Ingo Arndt (Allemagne) / Fred Bavendam (Etats-Unis) / Gary Braasch (Etats-Unis) / Jim Brandenburg (Etats-Unis) / Christine et Michel Denis-Huot (France) / Tui De Roy (Nouvelle-Zélande) / Eric Dietrich (Nouvelle-Zélande) / Gerry Ellis (Etats-Unis) / Katherine Feng (Etats- Unis) / Michael & Patricia Fogden (Royaume-Uni) / Olivier Grunewald (France) / Mitsuhiko Imamori (Japon) / Mitsuaki Iwago (Japon) / Sylvain Janssen (France) / Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch (Allemagne) / Frans Lanting (Etats-Unis) / Thomas Mangelsen (Etats-Unis) / Jef Meul (Belgique) / Hiroya Minakuchi (Japon) / Mark Moffett (Etats-Unis) / Piet Munsterman (Pays-Bas) / Piotr Naskrecki (Pologne) / Chris Newbert (Etats-Unis) / Flip Nicklin (Etats-Unis) / Dietmar Nill (Allemagne) / Pete Oxford (Allemagne) / Doug Perrine (Etats-Unis) / Jan Van Arkel (Pays-Bas) / James D. Watt (Etats-Unis) / Wim Weenink (Pays-Bas) / Birgitte Wilms (Etats-Unis) / Winfried Wisniewski (Allemagne) / Art Wolfe (Etats-Unis) / Konrad Wothe (Allemagne) / Norbert Wu (Etats-Unis) / Shin Yoshino (Japon) / Christian Ziegler (Allemagne) et Yann Arthus-Bertrand (France)…