Archive for ‘December, 2015’

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest in the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery and its mission of using documentary photography, art and history to promote ¡buen vivir!: life in harmony between humans, communities, and the Earth – and to inspire new generations to participate in the making of a better world.

Today I am emailing you to ask you to consider a donation in support of this unique and important mission. I know that photography and art have tremendous power to reach people and enable them to see and act against injustice.  I have documented movements against social and ecological injustice around the world for more than four decades.

I founded the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery to use photography and art to educate and motivate. With your support, we can make 2016 another banner year at the gallery–even more successful than 2015.

*UTP-LearningActivism-FIn 2015 we moved into a storefront space, right in the heart of Buffalo’s historic Allentown arts district. We had four major exhibits showcasing the power of activism and exposing oppression and injustice. Hundreds of people attended our events and we were written up in the local media more than a dozen times – while thousands more viewed the exhibits online.

Additionally, my photos were used on the covers of books, including illustrating a university text book (left), and appeared in several magazines.

But none of this is possible without the support of donors like you. Please become a supporter of the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery with a gift today.

In 2016 we have more exciting and thought provoking exhibits planned.  We are working with local and international artists on exhibits that expose the intertwined root causes of social injustice and environmental destruction. With your support we will also be using the gallery to bring people together to begin talking about these issues to find new and effective ways to address them.

Thank you for supporting this unique and important work with a donation.

Best wishes for the New Year,

Orin Langelle
Gallery Director

¡Buen Vivir! Gallery
148 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201

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Designer Marvin Israel (left) and artist PeterBeard during the 1978 installation at the International Center of Photography in Manhattan. Photo: Langelle

Designer Marvin Israel (left) and artist Peter Beard during the 1978 installation at the International Center of Photography in Manhattan. This was one of the photographs at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery. Photo: Langelle

On 17 December 2015 a Closing Reception & Solstice Party was held at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for the exhibit The End of the Game – The Last Word from Paradise, Revisited.

Although the Gallery is officially closed until 4 March 2016, this exhibit will continue to be on display by appointment only for an unspecified period of time. To make an appointment, please call +1.716.931.5833.

With the support of the Peter Beard Studio, ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery presented this exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of artist Peter Beard’s book, The End of the Game – The Last Word from Paradise.

Happy holidays to all and next year may people soon know the meaning of ¡buen vivir!, 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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The industrial revolution may have brought technological advances, but its reliance on fossil fuels also means that dirty technologies have proliferated, with consequences for our environment and our climate. Photo: Bogdan Bousca (Romania)

The industrial revolution may have brought technological advances, but its reliance on fossil fuels also means that dirty technologies have proliferated, with consequences for our environment and our climate. Photo ©: Bogdan Bousca (Romania)

Paris, France – Telling the story of the growing global demand for climate justice, featuring images from photographers in Australia, Croatia, Romania, the UK and the USA. This exhibition is on display in Paris during the UNFCCC COP 21 negotiations, at the Climate Action Zone (ZAC), 7-11 December. The address is Room Ecuries C, Centquatre, 5, rue Curial, 75019 Paris. (The closest metro stations are Stalingrad and Riquet.)

It includes images from the following Critical Information Collective photographers, in panels of six images: David Tao (Australia), Luka Tomac (Croatia), Bogdan Bousca (Romania), Orin Langelle (USA), Jason Taylor (UK), and JudithDeland (Australia). There is a seventh panel comprising images from Stephen D Melkisethian (USA), Susan Melkisethian (USA), Joseph O Holmes (USA) and Ronnie Hall (UK).

For the exhibit, please go to UN Climate Conference of the Parties 21 (COP 21) Exhibition: Climate Change—Realities and Resistance

The second showing of this exhibit will be at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery in Buffalo, NY. The exhibit opens there on 4 March 2016. That show will include work by artist Ashley Powell.

Notice that Orin Langelle, Buen Vivir! Gallery director, has one of the panels, Struggles for Justice, with six photographs in the Paris show, that is coming to Buffalo.

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NOTE: Global Justice Ecology Project is the fiscal sponsor of Langelle Photography and the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery. Anne Petermann and I were the co-founders of GJEP in 2003 and I was Co-director and Strategist until 2012. I am on the GJEP Board. Anne remains the Executive Director while I direct Langelle Photography and the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery. All contributions and support are greatly appreciated. – Orin Langelle


Please support GJEP’s important work with a donation today

GJEP & Paris: Supporting the Front Lines

The UN Climate Talks in Paris are being hyped as the place where the deal will be signed that will finally begin to address climate change. But social movements, Indigenous Peoples, activists, organizations and front line communities from around the world denounce the talks as hijacked.

These groups argue that the very corporations that are polluting the planet and driving the climate crisis are the ones controlling the agenda. And they accuse world leaders of using the talks to “escape responsibility” by avoiding real commitments.

At the same time, authorities in Paris have outlawed any protests or marches.

Undeterred, groups have come to the talks from every corner of the globe to demand REAL action, not fake pledges. GJEP is working hard to support these activists and movements who are on the front lines of the climate crisis.

We are helping project their messages and demands into the media and out to the public, because we need to hear from the people who will be most impacted by the outcomes of these talks, not corporate and government mouthpieces.

And we are also putting out our own position. We have a chapter in the about-to-be-released booklet Paths Beyond Paris, that deals with finding and promoting real solutions to the climate crisis.


YOU can help us help them make a difference

unnamed-6Please send a donation today on “Giving Tuesday” to help us amplify the messages of these front line activists and communities.

In addition, your donation will support our programs to:
* Protect forests, stop genetically engineered trees, and defend the rights of forest dependent communities and Indigenous Peoples;
* Use art, photography and media to uplift the history of social and ecological movements and issues, and to inspire new generations to participate in the making of a better world.

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¡Buen Vivir! Gallery


Our ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery, located in Buffalo’s historic Allentown arts district, uses the power of photography and art to highlight the powerful history of social and ecological movements and issues, and to inspire new generations to participate in the making of a better world.

On October 9th, our ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery opened its newest exhibit The End of the Game: The Last Word from Paradise-Revisited to celebrate the gallery’s one-year anniversary, and the 50th anniversary of the publication of artist Peter Beard’s book, The End of the Game, that documented the devastating impacts of Western conservation models in Africa. A model that displaced indigenous peoples from their lands, banned traditional hunting and led to elephant overpopulation and a mass die-off.

At the UN Climate talks in Paris, which opened yesterday, the same tragic pattern of forcing Indigenous Peoples off of their lands in the name of “conservation” is about to be repeated, but we are amplifying the cries against it.

You can view this exhibit at our gallery at 148 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, or online at The closing reception is on Dec 17 from 6-9pm at our Solstice Party – which we hope you will attend!

In addition, our exhibit from last July, Free Speech – Earth Liberation Front Press Office April 5, 2001: Communications Equipment Seized by FBI Released 14 Years Later (Returned Objects: A Multimedia Art Installation) is now online. We recently went live with this exhibit on free speech vs. state repression. You can view that exhibit and all of our exhibits at our ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery website.

Please send a donation to support this unique work to promote social change through art and photography.


No Genetically Engineered (GE) Trees

unnamed15In the last twelve months of organizing to stop GE trees, there have been major shifts in the status of these destructive trees – in the US, in Brazil and in New Zealand. It has been quite a roller coaster.

We built relentless public pressure and opposition to GE trees resulting in more than 269,000 signatures and letters rejecting GE trees collected just this year.

In September we organized a Southeast GE Trees Action Training Camp that ended with an action at the World Headquarters of GE tree company ArborGen. I was arrested at this action along with our GE Trees Campaigner Ruddy Turnstone. We were attempting to deliver a symbolic petition representing the 269,000 people who rejected GE trees to ArborGen’s CEO.

After our action, a local paper quoted ArborGen claiming they have “no plans” to offer GE tree products. But do they really? Or is this just a new public relations scheme?

Either way, the fact ArborGen is now publicly distancing themselves from their ongoing GE trees research and development means we and our allies are having a major impact on them.

You can join us in the fight to stop genetically engineered trees by sending a donation today.

Thanks for sending a gift on #Giving Tuesday!

Anne Petermann
Executive Director

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