Human Flow

Human Flow, in which Chinese artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei documents ongoing refugee crises around the world, is designed to be experienced on a big screen. Ai uses staggering landscape shots and dynamic low-angle compositions to frame his subjects against great expanses of sky, and when he shoots people in close-up, he excludes almost anything that might distract from their faces or bodies, rendering them monumental. The effect of this large-scale imagery is twofold: It conveys the immense number of human beings that have been displaced in the 2010s—as many, if not more, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, than the number of people displaced by World War II. Moreover, the imagery encourages viewers to adopt a global perspective in considering the subject matter. Continue reading>>