As the divide in our world, our nation, and even in our city continues to grow deeper, Pittsburgh photographer Andrea London presents compelling messages of relatedness and connectivity in her new exhibition.
We Are All Related is a multimedia exhibition that celebrates the commonalities we all share. London pairs her striking black and white portraits of Western Pennsylvania residents with subjects’ stories, including text narratives and audiovisual recordings.
London says that this body of work is her attempt to counter the ugly rhetoric of separation and racism exploding all around us. She decided to bring forward her portraits of both the marginalized and mainstream to show the interconnections among people she observes every day. She adds, "I hope you will join me as I embrace this tapestry of beautiful faces and strong voices."
Using black & white film, London has a decades-long career in photographic portraiture, including subjects who come back years later with their children and grandchildren. Each portrait tells a story, and she began to see how important these subjects’ stories are - with their similar threads of struggle, triumph, love and loss - and how important it is to tell their stories in today’s climate. We Are All Related strives to bring viewers together by helping us to see that no matter our race, religion, birthplace, gender identity, age or ability, we all belong to the circle of a shared emotional humanity.
Photograph provided by Andrea London