148 Elmwood, Buffalo, NY (Allentown) 14201
Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change
The show 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. It ran through April 29th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Online Show Coming Soon
The End of the Game – The Last Word from Paradise, Revisited
Photographs by Orin Langelle, unless otherwise noted
October 9th through December 17th
With the support of the Peter Beard Studio, ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery presents this exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Beard’s book, The End of the Game – The Last Word from Paradise.
Beard spent many years in Africa documenting the impact of Western civilization on elephants, other wildlife and the people who lived there.
In 1977 Beard had the first one-person show at Manhattan’s International Center of Photography, The End of the Game – The Last Word from Paradise.
Over four months Langelle photographed Beard and the people, many celebrities, that were part of Beard’s life prior to and during the exhibit’s installation and the subsequent opening, plus Beard’s 40th birthday party at Studio 54 in January of 1978.
Langelle’s photographs are of events surrounding Beard’s 1977’s The End of the Game. The ICP installation consisted of Beard’s photographs, elephant carcasses, burned diaries, taxidermy, African artifacts, books and personal memorabilia.
Beard observed and recorded, first hand, that the model of elephant conservation started in Kenya in the early 1960s was in fact driving tens of thousands of the animals to starvation as they were rounded up into a ‘protected’ park and the indigenous hunters outlawed. He made it clear that overpopulated elephant herds also showed cardio-vascular disease, stress and density dependent diseases, exactly what humans are experiencing now. He argued that what happened to the elephants is now happening to humans.
Beard’s work and commentary shed light onto what happens when ecosystems are disrupted, people who are in balance with nature pushed out of their natural habitats, and the encroachment of western civilization. That was fifty years ago. His perspective on ecological balance was considered extremely controversial among the elite ‘conservation’ community.
Langelle’s work at the International Center of Photography gave him a rare insight into Beard, whose controversial views on ecology then, are just as relevant today.
TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY – movements for change around the world
Photographs by Anne Petermann
August 7th through September 18th
Triumph and Tragedy showcased the efforts of social movements, activists and organizations around the globe 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.
The photos were taken by Anne Petermann, a native of East Aurora and a lifelong activist who is a co-founder and the 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.
Petermann took part in many of the efforts documented in the exhibit.
This exhibit marked 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.
Online Exhibit Coming Soon
¡Buen Vivir! Gallery 2015, 2nd Event:
Returned Objects: A Multimedia Art Installation
Earth Liberation Front Press Office April 5, 2001: Communications Equipment Seized by FBI Released 14 Years Later
This multimedia art installation of returned objects opened on July 15. The installation ran through July 26th.
On display were items seized in an April 5, 2001 raid by a Joint Terrorism Task Force led by the FBI on the Earth Liberation Front Press Office in Portland, OR. These returned objects, fourteen years after the raid, include fax machines, computers, a cell phone, phone books, and typewriters. The communications equipment seized belonged to the former ELF press officers, including current Buffalo Burning Books co-owner, Leslie James Pickering.
The closing reception and gallery walk-through by exhibit photographer Orin Langelle, was held Friday 19 June 19
Allentown’s ¡Buen Vivir! gallery opened its doors for the 2015 season on Friday 3 April 2015 (First Friday) with an exhibit titled: Struggles For Justice: Forests, Land and Human Rights – Late 80s to Late 90s. Live music was provided at the opening by accomplished violinist and composer, David Adamczyk.
The exhibit showcases photographs by photojournalist and gallery curator Orin Langelle. The photos document the efforts of people on the front lines of campaigns to stop social and ecological injustice. All of the photographs were shot with film.
The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery is dedicating the exhibit, Struggles for Justice, to Judi Bari. Bari was a environmental and union organizer in northern California who fought to stop the logging of the last of the ancient redwoods. May 24th of this year will mark the 25th anniversary of the attempt to kill Bari when a pipe bomb exploded under the seat of her car.
Although the bomb was intended to kill her, and did severely maim her, the FBI immediately arrested her while in the hospital. They never looked for the real bomber. Bari maintained she was targeted due to her success in bringing environmentalists and mill workers together to protect the redwoods. She died of breast cancer in 1997, but her estate sued the FBI over their handling of the bombing, resulting in a $4 million settlement.
Together with Burning Books, Langelle Photography and Global Justice Ecology Project will show the documentary Who Bombed Judi Bari? (see trailer below) on Wednesday, 21 May 2015 at Burning Books. Burning Books is located at 420 Connecticut St. in Buffalo, NY.
As Leslie Marmon Silko says in her book Ceremony, “…as long as you remember what you have seen, then nothing is gone. As long as you remember, it is part of this story we have together.”
Struggles For Justice: Forests, Land and Human Rights – Late 80s to Late 90s runs through 19 June 2015
Previews of the Exhibit:
Step Out Buffalo – Documenting resistance before cell phones, 9/11 and social media
The ¡Buen Vivir¡ Gallery is located at the offices of Global Justice Ecology Project, which also house the international Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees, and Biofuelwatch‘s U.S. media program.
Multi-Award winning feature documentary Who Bombed Judi Bari? is a suspenseful story about people who risked their lives to save the California redwoods and took on the FBI for trampling their freedom of speech. It shines a light on an amazing protest movement that succeeded against all odds – with creativity, music, and humor. In 1990, a bomb blew up in the car of two of the most prominent Earth First! redwood activists: Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney. They were accused of bombing themselves, but twelve years later won their landmark lawsuit against the FBI, proving that officers falsified evidence and intentionally tried to frame them. To date, the real bomber has never even been searched for and remains at-large. Directed/Edited by Mary Liz Thomson, Produced by Darryl Cherney, Executive Producer Elyse Katz, Co-Executive Producer Sheila Laffey, Co-Executive Producers Bill & Laurie Benenson
Moving to Allentown in 2012, concerned photographer Orin Langelle has documented a wide range of topics, cultures, ecosystems and geographies for over four decades and across six continents. The topics represented in his body of work include struggles against human rights abuses, economic injustice, ecological devastation and the oppression of women, as well as Indigenous Peoples’ efforts for autonomy and land rights.
The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery was founded to present an historical look at social movements, struggle and everyday life. It is designed to counter the societal amnesia from which we collectively suffer—especially with regard to the history of social and ecological struggles, and to inspire new generations to participate in the making of a new history.
The name of the gallery, ¡Buen Vivir!, is a concept stemming from indigenous and other inhabitants of Latin America. ¡Buen vivir! means life in harmony between humans, communities, and the Earth–where work is not a job to make others wealthier, but for a livelihood that is sustaining, fulfilling, and in tune with the common good.
This is a concept slowly spreading northwards and the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery aims to bring this thought to Buffalo.
First Exhibit: Climate Change: Faces, Places & Protest – Photos from the front lines
3 October – 5 December 2014
A new gallery in the historic Allentown district in Buffalo, NY, ¡Buen Vivir¡, opened its doors Friday 3 October 2014 with an exhibit Climate Change: FACES PLACES & PROTEST – photos from the front lines, that showcases more than two decades of work by photojournalist and gallery curator Orin Langelle.
The climate crisis was chosen as the theme for the gallery opening due the impacts it has on communities, ecosystems and human rights struggles. The theme was also timely. The exhibit began shortly after the 21 September climate march and the 23 September UN Climate Summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in New York City, and ended on 5 December 2014 during the UN Climate Conference and Peoples’ Climate Summit, in Lima, Peru in December.
Langelle’s exhibit, “Climate Change: FACES PLACES & PROTEST – photos from the front lines,” documents a wide range of topics including the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua in 1998, 2011’s Hurricane Irene in Vermont, as well as protests and demonstrations during UN Climate Conferences spanning five continents, between 2004 and 2011.
“Orin Langelle may not be a combat photographer, but he has risked his safety and well being to cover peoples’ struggles for a better life, sometimes in remote territories deep in the jungle, in communities imminently threatened by military or paramilitary invasion, or immediately after a natural disaster,” stated Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project. “This gallery will be an opportunity for the people of Buffalo to be exposed to this important body of work.”
The ¡Buen Vivir¡ gallery is located at the offices of Global Justice Ecology Project, which also house the international Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees, and Biofuelwatch.
Prior to this show, an exhibit of Langelle’s photos documenting impacts of and response to the climate crisis was held last November at the 2013 UN Climate Conference in Warsaw, Poland.
Moving to Allentown in 2012, concerned photographer Orin Langelle has documented topics, cultures, ecosystems and geographies across six continents, including struggles against human rights abuses, economic domination, ecological devastation and the oppression of women, as well as Indigenous Peoples’ efforts for autonomy and land rights.