Lines Aligned

Photographic Stories from 13 countries bordering the Pacific Ocean

Exhibition and catalogue
Photographs by Corey Arnold, Michael Christopher Brown, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto, Bruce Connew, Craig Golding, Oleg Klimov, Kadir van Lohuizen, Tomas Munita, Jake Price, Daniel Silva, Andrew Testa, Zhang Xiao, Robert Zhao Renhui
Produced by Vision International Image Festival, Bali
Festival Director: Prabhoto Satrio and Oscar Motuloh
Assistant to the curator: Chitra Anggraini/ Matamera Communication
Funded by the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Republic of Indonesia

Curator of the Exhibition (Barbara Stauss)
Create the concept and layout of the photographic exhibition in cooperation with the Festival Directors

Work in Bali with Frame makers, Printers and exhibition team

The exhibition space stands for the Pacific Ocean: The floor represents the seabed and the four walls the bordering countries 
The Venue | Bentara Budaya, Bali

The wall farthest away represents North, where the Eastern shores of Russia face the Western Alaskan US coast. Latitudinal lines spread across the floor giving visitors a perspective to the East and West of the Pacific´s perimeter. The Equator, divided the Northern and Southern Hemispheres which appeared as white and dark blue exhibition walls.


Animation of exhibition in PhotoShop | view towards East, North (Day) and West 

Animation of exhibition in PhotoShop | view towards South (Night) and East (Day)

The installation in Reality

After The Tsunami, recovery of Memory (Japan) | photography in illuminated boxes by Jake Price
In the aftermath of the tsunami all that remained of people’s lives was either washed away or left rotting. Found in abandoned houses and in the black mud millions of family photos were salvaged.

View East towards Peru and Chile | photography by Daniel Silva, Tomas Munita and Kadir van Lohuizen

A Bering Sea Crab fisherman (USA) | photography by Corey ArnoldFish-Work is a collection of images from Arnold’s life working as a crab fisherman in the Bering Sea waters off the coast of Alaska.  

Waiting for John (Vanuatu) | photography by Juan Manuel Castro Prieto The story of the worship called "John Frum" starts in May 1942 with the war in the Pacific, when American soldiers first arrived in the archipelago. The culture shock is huge as the GI’s give out clothes and beds and refrigerators, goods previously unknown to the locals. This is where John Frum (John from America) stems from. He is a symbol of the generous - and black - soldier who went back to his world in a cargo ship … and will return some day on another ship filled with more extraordinary objects. 

East North towards Japan, Russia and USA | photography by Michael Christopher Brown, Jake Price and Corey Arnold

Vision International Image Festival, the 1st Indonesia Asia Pacific Image Festival was held in Bali during the APEC summit in 2013. Indonesia is a maritime nation consisting of more than 18,000 islands. The festival was organised by Prabhoto Satrio and Oscar Motuloh and funded by the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Republic of Indonesia. The festival focused on images capturing ‘ocean life’ in the Pacific Region to increase awareness about the diversity of oceanic life.

For the festival Barbara Stauss has curated an exhibition and catalogue called Lines Aligned, which showcased photographic stories from 13 countries, all bordering the Pacific Ocean: The sea provided the metaphor for the diversity and dynamics of maritime life.

The exhibition represented the Pacific Ocean: The floor the seabed and the four walls the cardinal points of the compass. The Pacific Ocean, in the perspective of Europeans, is however the only ocean we usually don't recognize as an interrelated room because on the world map the Pacific is often shown as divided and cut. On the Western end of our two-dimensional perception, are North and Latin America facing the Pacific at the corners of the map. On the Eastern side is the Asian Pacific, without any visible connection to the Americas, in fact, as far as possible apart.

The aim of this exhibition is to offer a glimpse into the many facets of the world’s largest ocean. In one moment it can offer joy and excitement and in the next it can be cruel and destructive. The icy and the tropical Pacific are one and the same water, which the birds are witnessing as they migrate between its shores. There is ambiguity in everything and everyone and the Pacific stands as a metaphor for the diversity and dynamics of life, personal and beyond.

Even in the Pacific´s name there is duality. It goes back to Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his expedition of the world in 1520. When he and his crew crossed the passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific they were welcomed by favourable winds. Therefore they called it "Mar Pacifico", which in Portuguese means “peaceful sea”. Only 5 month later Magellan died in a battle on a Philippine Island.