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This photographer uses Google search to reveal hidden biases about refugees

Adela Wagner
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Googling what you don’t know is a near-universal human experience by now, but what about Googling people you don’t know?

A new project by New York–based photographer Adela Wagner curates Google search autofill to reveal internet users’ hidden stereotypes, fears and biases about others. The project is called “All People Are,” she explains to Quartz, “because it concerns itself with generalizations and stereotypes and how funny they can be, until the moment they become a personal experience for you.”

Adela Wagner

Adela says she started the project after a series of terror attacks struck Paris on Nov. 13, in hopes of countering xenophobic and anti-refugee narratives spurred by the violence.

“Hate comments on minorities and races were multiplying by the minute, online in articles, in forums, and on social networks, publicly in speeches by politicians and unfortunately, soon after Paris, also on the streets in the form of demonstrations,” she tells Quartz. “It breaks my heart to see people refusing to help others in crisis, judging religions and races and making uneducated fear-supported decisions without a reasonable basis/ground.”

Her project also includes searches about gender, sexuality and other differences.

All People Are is a visual project on nationalities, race and religions. You can follow it on Instagram (@AllPeopleAre) or see it on display in a BRIC exhibit “UP FOR DEBATE” (Brooklyn, NY) in February 2016.

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