Miami’s Multi-Ethnic Children Shine as Artistic Originals
Faces of the World Photo Exhibition Showcases Beauty in Diversity
by Jean Phillips
It’s about contrast and harmony, a rich blending of culture and colors and vibrant canvases as large as life . . . because they are real life. Faces of the World brings together a fascinating assemblage of photographs showcasing the richness and diversity of Miami’s melting pot culture as seen in the faces of its children with mixed racial and ethnic heritages. In a city that is a magnet for people from around the globe, marriages across racial and ethnic lines are commonplace. And at a time when unity and inclusion are more important than ever before, Miami teaches a lesson that is also as large as life: Diversity is beautiful, and the commonalities that unite us are greater than the differences that divide us.
Faces of the World opened in March in an spacious, renovated brick fishing warehouse in the blossoming Miami River area. It will embark on a world tour this summer. First stop: the Hamptons, followed by Stockholm, Sweden.
The well honed creative skills of internationally recognized, Miami photographer Viveca Ljung brings together dozens of oversized black-and-white photographs of 180 young people born and bred in this international city. Included are families of well known figures, such as NBA star Scottie Pippen, and Ljung’s own multi-cultural children, while broad cross-section of Miami residents are also represented. Fair-haired Scandinavian looks blend with exotic Latin appeal, while Roman, Turkish, Panamanian and German blood combine in a series of beautifully nuanced portraits mounted in the stark, high-ceiling industrial space. Like the portraits, every child is an unmistakable original.