This exhibit is now closed

Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change opened with a reception (wine and hors d’oeuvres) on First Friday, March 4th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art, 148 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. It ransthrough April 29th.

¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art hosted a closing reception for Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change on April 29. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres provided along with live music from classical guitarist Greg Skulicz.

The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art and Global Justice Ecology Project dedicated this show, to the assassinated Honduran activist Berta Cáceres and to activist Gustavo Castro Soto injured during the 4 March 2016 attack in La Esperanza, department of Intibucá in southwestern Honduras. BREAKING: Gustavo Castro Soto is Free!

Photo: Luka Tomac [Croatia] Indigenous protestors at UNF climate negotiations in Cancun, Mexico (2010)

Photo: Luka Tomac [Croatia] Indigenous protestors at UN climate negotiations in Cancun, Mexico (2010)

• Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change

This multi-faceted show, with two separate exhibits (by Critical Information Collective and by Ashley Powell) intends to explore the underlying systemic causes of the climate crisis, including its deep connections to racism, classism and environmental destruction – and the need to address them in the struggle for climate justice.

Photo: Bogdan Bousca [Romania]: The gritty reality of the industrial revolution

Photo: Bogdan Bousca [Romania]: The gritty reality of the industrial revolution

Climate Change—Realities and Resistance, in its U.S. debut, documents the impacts of and resistance to climate change. It is told through the images of international climate justice photographers from Australia, Croatia, Romania, the UK and the US. This exhibition of 42 photographs, organized by the Critical Information Collective, was first shown in Paris during the UN climate negotiations last December. While on display it was viewed by more than 2000 people.

Artwork: 2016 Ashley Powell, The Solution (To All Our Problems) Water Filter - 2016

Artwork: 2016 Ashley Powell, The Solution (To All Our Problems) Water Filter

The other part of the show, Black on the Ground, White in the Air, features new two dimensional work which artist Ashley Powell states “explores and confronts the destruction of the environment–including climate change as well as air, water and food pollution– through the lenses of racism and classism. It also addresses the grave consequences of inaction, which can prove to be just as harmful as oppression itself.”

Powell made national headlines last fall with an exhibit at the University of Buffalo, which included placement of ”black only” and “white only” signs around campus. This provoked heated conversation at the university about racism and the boundaries of art.

Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change opened with a reception on First Friday, March 4th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art, 148 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. Closes April 29th.

SPECIAL EVENT: First Friday ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery Artist’s Talk on Environmental Racism with Ashley Powell on April 1st

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