A torrent of commuters hurdle off two dilapidated trains and stream through Bombay’s Church Gate train station into a dehumanized blur. Thirteen ragged white, brown and black shoes and a worn sack are jumbled together on a “Cobbler’s Wall” in Hanoi. Paint peels off walls, ripped upholstery exposes overflowing stuffing and golf clubs slowly rust in a library, melding into a portrait of aristocratic decadence in Havana.
These are just a sampling of the images adorning the walls of Betts House on Prospect Street that will be displayed Wednesday night. Sponsored by the Yale World Fellows Program, Art Night at Betts House will feature photographs from around the globe, accompanied by comments from three of the artists — Lois Connor, Sze Tsung Leong and Andrew Moore.
Side by side, three photos of the Seine, East and Huangpu rivers — all part of Sze Tsung Leong’s “Horizon” series — show human evolution from the classical to the modern to the ultramodern. The linear horizon is exactly continuous throughout all three photographs, speaking volumes about what connects us all as humans: a hope for progress.
But it is Andrew Moore’s photographs of Havana and Bosnia that make this wonderful exhibition worth seeing. In one of them, “Gypsy Camp,” a young girl looks out from under a clothesline between two floors of concrete in a Sarajevo shantytown. The joyful pastel green, yellow and pink painted walls of the neighborhood fail to conceal the remnants of war — the blight betrayed by her sullen eyes and those of the ghetto’s residents, and bullet holes disfiguring layers of paint on the walls. The image is almost too real.
Art Night begins at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.