Triumph and Tragedy: movements for change around the world

Photographs by Anne Petermann

Closing Event and Walk-Through

September 18, 6-9 p.m. ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery, 148 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY


New storefront space (same location)

Photographer and activist Anne Petermann hosted a walk-through of her photographs at the closing event for her photo exhibit Triumph and Tragedy: Movements for Change Around the World at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery in Allentown.

Petermann, the Executive Director for Global Justice Ecology Project, discussed the photographs and the campaigns and issues represented by them.

Photographs in the exhibit document struggles Petermann and GJEP were directly involved in or supported. These include community efforts to reclaim land and food sovereignty in Brazil, Puerto Rico, Kenya, and Indonesia. They also include domestic efforts against the World Bank, the Republican National Convention in 2004; and a massive march in support of women’s rights.

Where: ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery 148 Elmwood Avenue, Allentown, Buffalo

When: Friday, September 18, 6 – 9 p.m.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres were served

Free and Open to the Public

Info: 716.536.5669;, [email protected]

NOTE: Art critic Jack Foran reviewed Petermann’s exhibit for the Buffalo Arts weekly Artvoice published on 3 September 2015: SEEDS OF CHANGE Images of environmental activism at iBuen Vivir! Gallery


Triumph and Tragedy showcases 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 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 closes September 18.