A depiction of different images of the earth that touch people intellectually and emotionally, that is what Yann Arthus- Bertrand’s photograph exhibition has to offer to those who got the chance to see them.
Yann’s “Earth from Above” exhibition officially opened at the Alliance Ethio-Française on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The exhibition featured an array of large aerial photographs taken in over 120 countries including Ethiopia.
The photograph exhibition aims to send a message about sustainable development. It displays beautiful images, it is a report on the current state of the planet to help people better understand and preserve it. New photographs are regularly added to the exhibition while it is on display and more than 120 million people in about 110 cities in the world have seen this exhibition.
“The exhibition that is being shown here has been around the world and has attracted the spirit of millions of people. This exhibition is shown to the Ethiopian public on the occasion of a conference which is initiated this morning in Addis Ababa which has been labeled as the Road to Paris,” said Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony of France during the opening ceremony.
She also stated that the photographs convey a very important message leading up to the COP 21 conference that is schedule to be held in Paris, France in December 2015.
“To build a world in which we don’t go beyond two degrees increase in temperature, a world without carbon increases and without poverty, comes from the mobilization of all of us. For this, we are in need of people to pass this message and Yann’s photographs and work speaks to all. In front of the photographs, we are no longer Ethiopian, French, Brazilian or other nationalities. We just become inhabitants of this planet,” she said.
The exhibition is always shown in public areas in order to reach as many people as possible. The exhibition that opened on Tuesday is set in Alliance Ethio-Française’s garden and stays open until June 30, 2015.