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unnamed-3The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery is pleased to be able to release the online version of the exhibit that appeared in our gallery last July.  This documentary Multimedia online essay is titled: 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)

Below is an edited excerpt from the Gallery statement about the exhibit:

Art means many different things

At the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery, the exhibits we choose illustrate and demonstrate the intersection of the realms of art and politics regarding the times in which we live.

Sometimes art should creatively communicate the reality hidden behind the propaganda we encounter in or our daily lives, where most communication is designed to sell something you probably do not need or that makes you feel good about yourself–from McMansions to reality shows, to drugs and/or belief systems with  no mental challenge.

In this exhibit, we demonstrate how art and Free Speech are intrinsically tied together. Fourteen years ago the FBI raided the Earth Liberation Front’s Press Office in Oregon and confiscated their communications equipment. The equipment seized by the FBI, along with related photography, news clips and Federal Agency documents are now on display online in 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)

A group of artists and activists worked almost a month to turn a pile of obsolete office equipment seized from Burning Books co-owner Leslie James Pickering during the 2001 FBI raid into an installation highlighting free speech, art and state repression.

In addition to the now released office equipment (still tagged as evidence), the show features censored government documents, photographs, first-hand accounts, and statements by Pickering and Civil Rights attorney Michael Kuzma.

It is ludicrous and absurd that the FBI held these objects for fourteen years. If there were any incriminating evidence, it would likely have been found very quickly. The seizure of the equipment, and its confiscation for fourteen years, was intended to squash free speech.

This exhibit is about art, the repression and liberation of free speech and maybe a subliminal or not so subliminal message: In a world where we see more and more potentially apocalyptic scenes, especially with increasingly common climate catastrophes, is “civilization” and the dominant economic system pushing the inhabitants on Earth to the brink?

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A photo exhibit, The End of the Game – The Last Word from Paradise, Revisited opened at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery in Buffalo. Friday, 9 October 2015. Photos by Orin Langelle.  It will continue through 17 December with a special Allentown First Friday Reception on 6 November.

The Gallery is located at 148 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. Hours are from 1:30 to p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evenings and I to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

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 Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Peter Beard at his 1977, International Center of Photography opening in Manhattan, The End of the Game – The Last Word from Paradise.

2015 is the 50th anniversary of artist Peter 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, Orin 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 Last Word from Paradise. The ICP installation consisted of Beard’s photographs, elephant carcasses, burned diaries, taxidermy, African artifacts, books and personal memorabilia. In the early 60s Beard worked at Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, during which time he photographed and documented the demise of over 35,000 elephants and 5,000 Black Rhinos.

Poster: Peter Beard hhotos

Poster: Peter Beard photos

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.

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

The book, soon to be released, can be ordered from Taschen.

Below are two photos from the opening of the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery exhibit in Buffalo last Friday 9 October taken by Anne Petermann, Executive Director, Global Justice Ecology Project.

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More photos, like the one below from the exhibit can be found here

4***7PS-Truman Capote_ICP-OL-7Peter Beard and Truman Capote at Beard’s 40th birthday party, 22 January 1978, held in Studio 54

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Former Earth Liberation Front press officer, James Leslie Pickering unloading a box of items seized in a raid 14 years ago at the EFL Press Office in Oregon. Global Justice Ecology Project's Anne Petermann is on the right. The returned objects will be on display at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery in Buffalo, NY. through July 26.

Former Earth Liberation Front press officer, James Leslie Pickering unloading a box of items seized in a raid 14 years ago at the ELF Press Office in Oregon. Global Justice Ecology Project’s Anne Petermann is on the left. The returned objects will be on display at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery in Buffalo, NY. through July 26. Photo: Langelle

Special Gallery Event – Opening July 15th, 6-9 p.m.

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, Earth Liberation Front Press Office April 5, 2001: Communications Equipment Seized by FBI Released 14 Years Later, opens on July 15 from 6-9 p.m. The installation runs through July 26th.

On display will be 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. – More on Exhibit
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The show opened 3 April 2015.

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Please come to this closing reception and gallery walk-through – refreshments include wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Struggles for Justice is the last show in the present gallery space.  The ¡Buen Vivir Gallery is moving to the first floor of the same location at 148 Elmwood Ave., in Buffalo’s Allentown. The Grand re-opening of the gallery will be on 7 August 2015 with a photo exhibit by Anne Petermann entitled Triumph Over Tragedy.

Anne Petermann is the Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project and the Coordinator of the international Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees.

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2 Gallery-Poster-CC-796x1024First Exhibit: Climate Change: Faces, Places & Protest  – Photos from the front lines                     

3 October – 5 December 2014

Now Online

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.

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