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Under Attack: Environmental Racism for Economic Benefit and Convenience
First Friday Artist’s Talk by Ashley Powell on April 1 at 7 p.m.

Buffalo, NY (March 23, 2016) – Controversial artist Ashley Powell [1] will discuss her exhibit, Black on the Ground, White in the Air, on First Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art [2], 148 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.

Powell will talk about her exhibit and its relation to environmental racism, a topic of special relevance right now in light of rising awareness of lead poisoning in children of color and from low-income families in Flint Michigan, as well as right here in Buffalo. Powell’s installation challenges people to think about the impacts of environmental racism and classism.

Powell says:

“Once again, we find ourselves attacked, and this attack isn’t physically immediate or verbally abusive, but it certainly is sinister, covert, and ongoing. Its onset is slow but the damage is long lasting. We are being attacked with environmental racism and classism. This type of racism doesn’t thrive off of foul words and violence, and this classism doesn’t inspire juxtapositions of economic disparity and grotesque frivolity. Instead, it is a type of racism and classism that perpetuates a system that lawfully allows for low-income and non-white peoples to be deliberately subjected to debilitating pollution, toxicity, and degradation, all for economic benefit and convenience.”

The Opening for Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change, March 4, 2016 PhotoLangelle.org

The Opening for Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change, March 4, 2016       PhotoLangelle.org

Powell’s Black on the Ground, White in the Air, is part of a the show Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change which also includes: Climate Change—Realities and Resistance, by international photographers from the Critical Information Collective makes its US debut after hanging at the UN Paris climate summit in December

The artist’s talk will be held on First Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art, 148 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. The gallery will be open for Allentown’s First Friday from 6 – 9 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Friday evening 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday afternoon 1 to 3 p.m., and by special appointment. The show runs through April 29.

Contact: Kip Doyle, Media Coordinator, <kip@globaljusticeecology.org> +1.716.867.4080  buenvivirgallery.org

 

Notes to Editor:

[1] Ashley Powell is a graduate student in the art department at the University of Buffalo. She made national headlines last fall when she executed a controversial art project on campus consisting of “White only” and “Black only” signs on elevators, restrooms and benches around campus. See New York Times article: White Only’ Signs in Art Project at SUNY Buffalo Draw Concern.

 [2] The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art presents visual art in diverse media. The gallery sets itself apart by presenting work with thought-provoking messages in this quickly changing and challenging world of politics, ecology and economy.The gallery was founded to present an historical look at movements for change, 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 movements and issues, and to inspire new generations to participate in the making of a better world.


The name of the gallery, ¡Buen Vivir!, is a concept stemming from Indigenous and other cultures of the Southern Americas. ¡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.

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¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art announces a special Artist’s Talk for the show Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change by artist Ashley Powell on First Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m. The gallery is located at 148 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, NY’s Allentown District.

Artist’s Talk: Powell will discuss her work and its relation to environmental racism, a topic of special relevance right now in light of the rising awareness of rising rates of lead poisoning in poor children and children of color in Flint Michigan, as well as right here in Buffalo.  Powell’s installation challenges people to think about environmental racism and classism.

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 – 2016

The show Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change includes two interrelated exhibits:

       • Black on the Ground, White in the Air, artwork from Ashley Powell
       • Climate Change—Realities and Resistance, by international photographers from the Critical Information Collective makes its US debut after hanging at the UN Paris climate summit in December

The artist’s talk will be held on First Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art, 148 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. The gallery will be open for First Friday from 6-9 p.m.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres provided. The show runs through April 29.

For further information please contact Kip Doyle, Media Coordinator, +1.716.867.4080  <kip@globaljusticeecology.org>

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Note: This comes from The Public, a widely read weekly in the Buffalo, NY region. I want to point out that Climate Change: Realities and Resistance is an international exhibit first displayed at the UN climate negotiations in Paris last December. The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery is pleased to host it’s first viewing in North America. The photography exhibit was curated by the Critical Information Collective.  – Orin Langelle

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[ART] The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery presents a thought provoking look at some of today’s most troubling issues in Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change. Intended to explore the causes of climate change, and how racism, classism, and environmental destruction play into it, this show contains Climate Change: Realities and Resistance, a national exhibit featuring pictures from climate photographers, and Black on the Ground, White in the Air, an exhibit from artist Ashley Powell who made national waves with her “White Only” art project at UB. This exhibit opens Friday, March 4 running from 6pm to 9pm, but the exhibit will be on display until April 29.

When:
Fri Mar. 4, 6:00pm

Where:
Buen Vivir

148 Elmwood
Buffalo, NY

This article can be found in The Public here.

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