THE MEANING OF LIFE (NEW YORK, BERLIN, CHONGQING)
Slideshow Video of 303 Photographs
HDV
silent (English subtitles)
40’
New York (USA), Berlin (D), Chongqing (CN)
2008-2009

In New York, Berlin and Chongqing, Clemens Wilhelm stopped strangers in the street and asked them: What is the meaning of life? He photographically portrayed 101 people in each city with their handwritten answers. This question unites and separates people in East and West. In America, Asia and Europe people are dealing with the meaning of life in various ways. The network of individual answers draws a portrait of each city. The three cultures differ from each other, but there is also a tremendous overlap. The series revolves around the possibly biggest of philosophical questions and confronts the viewer with it. The futility and absurdity of the search for an absolute answer echo throughout the series. But is a question less interesting just because it cannot be answered?