Buffalo, NY  –  The opening reception for Anne Petermann’s first one person photo documentary exhibit, Triumph and Tragedy: movements for change around the world was held during Allentown’s First Friday events on 7 August 2015.Petermann is a lifelong activist, and co-founder and Executive Director of the international, Buffalo-based nonprofit Global Justice Ecology Project. The mission of Global Justice Ecology Project is to explore and expose the intertwined root causes of social injustice, ecological destruction, and economic domination.

The following photographs were taken at the opening by Kip Doyle, Media Coordinator for Global Justice Ecology Project, the international Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees and other related non-profits housed at 148 Elmwood Avenue, the same building where the  ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery is located.

web 20150807_185554 copyTriumph and Tragedy showcases the efforts of social movements, activists and organizations around the globe working to stop social and ecological devastation and rebuild a just world. Represented in the photographs are peasant and Indigenous Peoples’ efforts to protect forests and ancestral lands in Brazil and Indonesia; mass protests against the World Bank and the Republican National Convention; campaigns to find real solutions to climate change in Denmark, South Africa, Brazil and the US; portraits of powerful activists who stood up to repression and adversity to continue organizing for change throughout their lives, among other photos.

web 20150807_185604 copyPetermann (second person on the left), is a native of East Aurora, NY.

web 20150807_185626 copyPetermann took part in many of the efforts documented in the exhibit

web 20150807_185634 copyThis exhibit marks the grand re-opening of the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery in its new ground level storefront space in the same building as the previous gallery at 148 Elmwood Avenue in Allentown in Buffalo, NY.

Free and Open the the Public

Exhibit on view through 18 September.

The Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Additional hours below:

Volunteers are needed to staff the gallery on Friday evenings from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday afternoon from 1-3 p.m.  Additional opportunities to volunteer for the gallery are also available.