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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  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 , 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.
“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
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.
Notes to Editor:
 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.
 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.
Volunteers Needed for the !Buen Vivir! Gallery
The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art at 148 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo NY, is currently seeking volunteers to help with staffing the gallery during open hours on Fridays 6 – 8 p.m. & Saturdays 1 – 3 p.m., as well as helping with special projects. Our educational gallery with free admission hosts 3-4 shows per year and was founded to present an historical look at movements for change, struggle and everyday life. If interested please email Carolyn Lansom, Gallery Manager, <email@example.com> or call 716.931.5833.
Our current show runs through, April 29th Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change features two exhibits:
1. Climate Change—Realities and Resistance, photographs by Critical Information Collective (CIC)
2. Black on the Ground, White in the Air, artwork by Ashley Powell
This multi-faceted art and photographic show is designed to challenge viewers to think about what type of changes are necessary to effectively confront the root causes driving the extreme weather that is occurring globally.
¡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
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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) bogdanbousca.finegallery.net
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.