PROJECT: This project is named after a program created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization shortly after WWII. The program's purpose was to prevent an apocalyptic third world war by promoting intercultural understanding. Using vintage catalog imagery, each piece in this series explores the relationship between the patterns that exist in fashion and the patterns that are found in human genetics. While a clothing pattern is designed to make the wearer look and feel different, when it is expanded over a model's exposed skin it instead represents the biological and emotional framework that we all share. Acknowledging that we are all the same encourages empathy, compassion and understanding.
ABOUT: Ian Addison Hall was born and raised in Weston, West Virginia. In 2005 he moved to New York City and now lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. No matter how frustrating or tireless it can be, we all look for reasons. Using photography and found imagery, Ian's work explores scenarios that showcase common underlying values that we can all relate to. Each series focuses on different aspects of global intellectual and emotional knowledge, and attempts to make each accessible in a new way. Focusing on common thoughts and feelings (rather than the ones that make us feel different) can conjure an inherent understanding that we have of one another.