Posts from the ‘!Buen Vivir!’ category

[Closing Reception Friday, June 7, 6 – 9 the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art, 148 Elmwood Ave., in Buffalo NY’s Allentown Art District. Hors‘douvres and refreshments served. The event is free and open to the public.]

The following photos were taken during the #notwhite collective’s Opening Reception, Friday, April 5, 2019 for their Buffalo, NY Premier Exhibit In Between the Middle held at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art. The #notwhite collective is a group of thirteen women artists elevating the stories of the others. They are based in Pittsburgh, PA.

There is a resemblance of the U.S. flag in their exhibit which you will notice in several of the photos below as a backdrop. The title is Mom, you know we’re all just shades of brown by Fran Ledonio Flaherty.

The photos of the opening below are by Orin Langelle /


#notwhite collective member Fran Ledonio Flaherty and reflection of her hearing dog – Olympia

The #notwhite collective, with their art and message, brought seriousness and laughter together in one of the best – if not the best –  openings at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery since it opened in October 2014 with Climate Change: Faces, Places & Protest. I (Orin Langelle) hope the gallery continues to have exhibits that reflect the seriousness of our times with contemporary art and photography along with much needed humor while inspiring people, as the #notwhite collective says “…to share, to question, to investigate, dig deep into what identity is within and outside the construct and context of white –not in skin color, but as a system of oppression, a system we do not align ourselves with.”

Alison Zapata, from the #notwhite collective

#notwhite collective members Allison Zapata (l) and Sara Tang

The Collective’s Carolina Loyola-Garcia (l) and Santiago Masfererr from El Buen Amigo

A content young one with mother


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.


Maritza Mosquera (l) from the #notwhite collective

Viewing “Warriors” a photograph by Liana Maneese

#notwhite collective’s Sarika Goulatia

From Left to Right Top Row: Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Bianca L. McGraw, Danielle AJ, Alison Zapata, Amber Epps Middle Row: Maritza Mosquera, Sarika Goulatia, N’gana, Sara Tang Bottom Row: Fran Ledonio Flaherty, Madame Dolores, Veronica Corpuz

From the exhibit


#notwhite collective Is a bi/multi-racial/cultural, immigrant or descendants of immigrants. Since 2016, they have met to share, to question, to investigate, dig deep into what identity is within and outside the construct and context of white –not in skin color, but as a system of oppression, a system we do not align ourselves with. They provide an artistic platform for difficult discussions on the complexities of cultural identity in America to move us all towards humanity.

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Global Justice Ecology Project held two events to celebrate its 15th anniversary on Sept. 14-15, 2018 at ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art in Buffalo, NY. Both events include wine and hors d’oeuvres and are free and open to the public. See details below.

148 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201

ONE WORLD: Issues Across and Through Skins

Photos from Buffalo to Africa by Johanna C. Dominguez

¡Buen Vivir! was on a year long hiatus and opened its doors again in September 2018 for Johanna C. Dominguez’s “One World: Issues Across and Through Skins.” This was her first solo exhibit. She sees her camera as “Simply a vehicle” for recording the importance of protest – from Buffalo to Kenya.



Global Justice Ecology Project 15th Anniversary Party include a special private film showing of The Story of a Forest including talk by the director.

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Thursday, September 21st, is the International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations. ¡Buen Vivir! and Global Justice Ecology Project have been fighting the spread of monoculture plantations for decades. And more recently, we have been advocates for banning the addition of genetic engineered trees, which would further exasperate all of the social and environmental impacts that monocultures cause.

This includes drought, pollution of water sources, loss of habitat and biodiversity, human rights violations towards members of local communities and/or forest dwelling peoples, and devating fires (as we covered in Chile and Portugal earlier this year).

Stay tuned to Global Justice Ecology Project and The Campaign to Stop GE Trees tomorrow, the 21st. We will be posting throughout the day, a series of mixed media and articles with information about the dangerous implications of the spread of monoculture tree plantations and GE trees, and ways to fight back.

In the meantime, check out these two photo essays by Anne Peterman, Founder and Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project and Campaign Coordinator for the Campaign to Stop GE Trees, and photographer Orin Langelle, Founder of Global Justice Ecology Project and Director of Langelle Photography.



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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

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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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