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¡Buen Vivir! Gallery Returns with Special Events this Weekend

After a year-long hiatus from exhibits, the ¡Buen Vivir! gallery in Allentown is back with special events this weekend. The series kicked off last evening, with the opening of  One World: Issues Across and Through Skins, a solo exhibit by Johanna C. Dominguez. The events continue Saturday evening, with the screening of the documentary, The Story of a Forest. The documentary’s co-producer, Ruddy Turnstone of the Global Justice Ecology Project, will be present to talk about the film.

Located in the former B-West space at 148 Elmwood, ¡Buen Vivir! is the gallery arm of the Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP), formed fifteen years ago by wife-and-husband artists and activists Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle. GJEP’s home office has been in Buffalo for the past six years, with priorities ranging from international forest protection and advocating for the rights of indigenous peoples, to the international campaign against genetically engineered trees, and Orin Langelle’s Concerned Photography program.

GJEP was founded in Vermont in 2003, and moved to Buffalo because Petermann has family in the area. Between Petermann and Langelle, they have well over a half-century of activism and documenting activism, particularly in areas of environmental and economic justice. For four years, they have used the gallery to share with Buffalo this deep well of experience and material through exhibits and partnerships with local organizations such as Burning Books.

The results have been extraordinary, and have been championed by local publications such as Buffalo Spree and The Public. Earlier this year Langelle’s work was featured in a CEPA Gallery solo show, Portraits of a Struggle.

In an ever-shrinking world, where there is nowhere to hide from the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, it’s never been more important to see the world through GJEP’s eyes. You can this weekend at ¡Buen Vivir!

As with last evening’s event, the Saturday function is free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeurves will be served.

Get connected:

Exhibit and screening details

¡Buen Vivir! gallery

Global Justice Ecology Project

Photo Langelle blog

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