“7 billion Others” – A Balboa Park Centennial Celebration’s Main Exhibition
What are you doing this weekend? If you’re in the San Diego area here in California, come check out the Museum of Photographic Arts as they present “7 billion Others” – the primary exhibition for Balboa Park’s Centennial Celebration.

While it officially opens on Saturday, February 21, there is also a special preview on Friday, Feb. 20 from 1-3 PM for special guests where creator Yann Arthus-Bertrand will be attending. Opening for the first time ever here in the States, “7 billion Others” is a global multimedia display of today’s humanity. Consisting of 6,000 interviews of 45 essential questions from 84 countries in over 50 languages, the showcase dives into what separates yet ultimately unites us.

The exhibit will last until September 13 – an extended 30-week run, and will occupy approximately 1,600 square feet of gallery space. It will open with Mosaic, a video art display projected on a 46-foot wall. As visitors continue to walk, the exhibition will show smaller intimate screening spaces. Throughout, the programming will also change periodically to show 22 total themed films (that’s 12 hours’ worth of video).

As if that’s not even enough, visitors can also check out the Making-Of, or behind the scenes footage from seven years of filming – it’s not just the people in front of the camera on focus, but also the reporters behind the lens.

To finish things off, the exhibition ends with yet another installation called Messages – this answers the last of 45 questions: “We are 7 billion human beings on Earth; what message would you like to address to the inhabitants of the planet?” A mix of emotions fill the replies – cries of hope, messages of love, song, laughter, silence, warning, and so much more.

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You can see the varied programming schedules and much more information from the San Diego page of 7 billion Others. It costs only $8 for adults, and discounted prices of $7 for seniors/retired military and dependents (with ID), and an even cheaper $6 for students with ID.

It’s FREE for certain cases such as MOPA Members, active military and dependents with ID, and children 12 or younger, as well as to school groups who have made advanced reservation. San Diego residents get in free on certain Tuesdays as well.

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