The gallery will have the exhibit online Monday, 3 August 2020 – We hope to post the virtual exhibit opening that happened on Thursday, 30 July 3 2020, on Monday also

The Carabineros (Chilean National Police) used excessive violence against the protesters including shooting people in the eyes with rubber coated metal pellets fired from shotguns, sexual attacks on women prisoners, and excessive use of teargas and water cannons – especially targeted at medics helping those injured by the police. Since the murder of George Floyd, police tactics that focus on use of excessive violence against people rising up for justice is being seen across the U.S. Now Federal Police have been deployed in several U.S. cities. This is looking like police state actions and quite possibly could lead to martial law.

July 27, 2020

Buffalo Rising Great Plug for the Gallery

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.

September 15, 2018

¡Buen Vivir! Gallery closing Elmwood Avenue space permanently

The activist-oriented gallery space will offer a final exhibit online with the July 30 opening of “Chile: Peoples’ Uprising/An Exhibition of Images from the Front Lines” that will feature photos and videos shot in November and December of 2019 in the ongoing peoples’ uprising in Chile. Gallery’s founders Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle were in Chile during the uprising from mid-November to mid-December. Chilean activist Alejandra Parra from RADA in Chile, along with Biofuelwatch’s Gary Hughes in California will join them online on the exhibition’s opening night.

July 22, 2020

ARTVOICE: ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art on Elmwood Ave is closing – final exhibit “Chile: Peoples’ Uprising” will be online

Chile: Peoples’ Uprising, previously scheduled to open April 3, was postponed due to the pandemic. A live virtual opening is now planned for Thursday, July 30, starting at 1 p.m. Eastern, noon Central, 11 a.m. MST, 10 a.m. PST, 13:00 Chile. The virtual opening will feature photos and videos shot in November and December of 2019 in the ongoing peoples’ uprising in Chile. From Santiago to the streets of Temuco to Indigenous Mapuche land occupations in stolen Mapuche territory, the gallery’s founders Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle were in Chile during the uprising from mid-November to mid-December.

July 10, 2020

Spree Magazine Previews: IMAGES OF UPRISING

The ¡Buen Vivir! gallery for Contemporary Art is happy to announce this upcoming exhibit. Photos and videos were shot in November and December of 2019 in the ongoing People’s Uprising in Chile. From Santiago and Temuco’s streets to the Indigenous Mapuche land occupations in the communities of Liempi Colipi and Quilape Lopez, Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle had the honor of being part of the uprising as documentarians. The Red Masks in Resistance movement photo below has history with the performance of !Un violador en tu camino! (The rapist in your path).

April 1, 2020

Buffalo Rising: First Fridays Revisited

RaChaCha writes: Recently, they were out of town for months covering Chile’s People’s Uprising, something of which most Americans remain ignorant due to scanty media attention. But Anne and Orin are working to change that, and will be opening a major exhibit of their own photo and video coverage of the uprising for April’s First Friday.

March 9, 2020

ARTVOICE: Chile: Peoples’ Uprising Images from the Front Lines at ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery

The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art at 148 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, will present documentary photography and videography from the ongoing peoples’ uprising in Chile that started in October of last year. The images were shot by the gallery co-directors, Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann in the months of November and December, 2019 from the front lines of the uprising. The Opening Reception will be held during Allentown’s First Friday event on April 3 from 6 to 9 p.m.

March 6, 2020

Spree Magazine Preview of “IN BETWEEN THE MIDDLE”

Buffalo premiere of the #notwhite collective / IN BETWEEN THE MIDDLE – April 5 through June 7, 2019 - Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 6-9 p.m. - Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served

April 1, 2019

Spree Magazine Preview of “One World: Issues Across and Through Skins”

¡Buen Vivir! has been on a year long hiatus and opens its doors again this September for Johanna C. Dominguez's "One World: Issues Across and Through Skins." This is her first solo exhibit. She sees her camera as "Simply a vehicle" for recording the importance of protest - from Buffalo to Kenya.

August 23, 2018

Spree Magazine Previews: Are Humans Disappearing?

MAY 5th - Opening Reception for "Are Humans Disappearing" by photographer Orin Langelle takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on First Friday at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery in Buffalo at 148 Elmwood Avenue. The theme of the exhibit is the possibility of human extinction if serious steps are not taken.

April 20, 2017

L’Œil de la Photographie: The End of the Game, Revisited

Langelle's photographs accompany article featured in English and French. MARCH 10, 2017 - WRITTEN BY ANNA WINAND - Cornell Capa's assistant at The International Center of Photography in New York.

March 10, 2017


Langelle is featuring photos he took inside and outside of the 1972 Republican convention, as well as photos from the 2004 Democratic and Republican conventions. The exhibit opened on October 7thand there is a daily stream of visitors coming in to view the work.

December 16, 2016


This week’s Earth Watch guest on the Sojourner Truth radio show is Orin Langelle, co-founder of Global Justice Ecology Project. Langelle is a photojournalist and the Director of the Buen Vivir Gallery for Contemporary Art in Buffalo, NY.His current exhibit, timed to coincide with the Presidential election, explores people’s reactions to modern-day elections, and the other forms of action available to people who want change.

November 3, 2016

The Public – At Buen Vivir: “If Voting Changed Things”

This is essentially the same article that ran the weekend prior by Dave Reilly in CounterPunch.

November 2, 2016

CounterPunch – Complete the Sentence: an Exploration of Orin Langelle’s “If Voting Changed Things…”

To view photojournalist Orin Langelle’s new online photography exhibit If Voting Changed Things is to accept a challenge. Don’t expect a passive viewing of simple, aesthetically pleasing photography or a mindless stroll through apolitical eye candy. The challenge should be apparent from the title of the exhibit: It is a riddle, a fragment, an incomplete sentence awaiting your contribution.

October 31, 2016

Spree Magazine Previews: If Voting Changed Things

In her October 2016 preview of the exhibit [at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery] in Buffalo Spree, Editor Elizabeth Licata quotes gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson about the 1972 protests, “There is no anti-war or even anti-establishment group in America with the psychic leverage of the VVAW. Not even those decadent swine on the foredeck of the Wild Rose can ignore the dues Ron Kovic and his buddies have paid. They are golems, come back to haunt us all…”

September 23, 2016

Rainbow pride flag stolen from Allentown art gallery

Was the theft mere larceny or an act against the LGBTQ community and allies? The exhibit features homoerotic themes and more by the NYC artist Cassandra. In honor of the 2016 Pride month and the 25th anniversary of Buffalo’s first public Pride celebration, the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art had been flying the rainbow flag outside of the building since the beginning of June.

June 24, 2016

Soulja: Peace & Love Warriors

LOOP says, "This new exhibit featuring the work of Manhattan-based Cassandra opens at the start of the Pride weekend and runs through July 29. It ties in perfectly with the seasonal themes including homoerotic bronze sculptures, prints, and mobile murals, '...for social movements which bear witness to an astounding personal galaxy,' the gallery statement says."

June 4, 2016

SOULJA: An Interview with NYC Artist Cassandra

When asked about the provocative nature of her SOULJA exhibit in an interview by Kip Doyle for THE PUBLIC, Cassandra said, "Life invites us to signify. And if you’ve got a wee bit of consciousness of origins, you best holler and strut. There is nothing more deadening than the flight from significance and the cop out of being innocuous. As Le Chic says, 'Don’t be a drag, participate.' Daring to give a damn is where it is at!"

May 31, 2016

Soulja @ ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art

Buffalo Rising writes on May 22, 2016, "On Friday June 3rd from 6-9 pm an opening reception for SOULJA will be held at ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art. SOULJA is a collection of multi-media works from New York City artist Cassandra. The works, which range from bronzes to murals, delve into the issues of feminism, homosexuality, as well as Latin culture"

May 23, 2016

Buffalo Spree Previews: SOULJA

Editor Elizabeth Licata writes in the June 2016 issue of Buffalo Spree “Cassandra’s work uses powerful female archetypes to deliver its message. The artist is interested in the freedom to love as well as other freedoms. She refers to the work in this show as ‘a tribute to sisterhood as well as an erotic, magical Sapphic dream of flight and liberation for the freedom to love’”

May 20, 2016

Spree Magazine Previews: Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change

With 136,000-plus readers, Buffalo Spree Magazine is a national-award-winning monthly magazine...Now in its 45th year of publishing...The photograph featured at the beginning of the March 2016 Spree‘s “On the Town” section below was taken by Romanian photographer Bogdan Bousca from the Critical Information Collective. It is part of the Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change show at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery

March 16, 2016

Operations and Support Assistant at Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) and the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art

We're pleased that Carolyn joined the team and has a major role as Gallery Manager with the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art

March 17, 2016

GreenWatch: Interview with Orin Langelle

The following GreenWatch: Interview with Orin Langelle was published 15 December 2015 by The Public in Buffalo, NY, prior the closing reception of "The End of the Game – The Last Word from Paradise, Revisited" & Solstice Party on 17 Dec 2015

December 15, 2015


Artvoice Weekly Edition (11/05/2015) Art Scene Review "Photographer Peter Beard revisited at iBuen Vivir! gallery" by Jack Foran, who writes, "in the 1960s, working at Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, Beard photographed and documented the demise of more than 35,000 elephants and 5,000 Black Rhinos"

November 11, 2015

Spree Magazine Previews: The End of the Game

In October 2015 Spree Magazine, Editor Elizabeth Licata writes, "In 1977, at the International Center of Photography, controversial photographer Peter Beard, had a one-person show of his images from Africa, and Orin Langelle, director of the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery was there. It was attended by...Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Kurt Vonnegut, Lauren Hutton and other. Langelle spent months photographing Beard"

October 1, 2015

Seeds of Change

Artvoice Weekly Edition (09/03/2015) Art Scene by Jack Foran says of Anne Petermann’s exhibit 'Triumph and Tragedy,' "The subjects of Anne Petermann’s photos currently on show at ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery are social/environmental activists demonstrating in locations from New York City to jungle Brazil, on matters ranging from behind-closed-doors trade negotiations and machinations to attempts by world agriculture megacorporations the likes of Monsanto to genetically modify grain crops to produce sterile seeds..."

September 3, 2015

Spree Magazine Previews: TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY August 2015

"The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery continues to draw attention to global social and ecological struggles as it moves to a mroe accessible display space at 148 Elmwood Avenue...A grand re-opening takes placwe on August 7, with a photo show by Anne Petermann entitled 'Triumph and Tragedy: movements for change around the world'" - Elizabeth Licata, Editor

August 1, 2015

Pickering, long a target of the FBI, turns his story into an art exhibit

Phil Fairbanks of The Buffalo News writes on July 15, 2015, "At a gallery [¡Buen Vivir!] on Elmwood Avenue Wednesday night, Pickering unveiled a multimedia art installation depicting the press office he ran while serving as spokesman for the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), a radical environmental group that gained national attention in the late 1990s

July 14, 2015

Radical Time Capsule

[This Commentary was written in the July 7. 2015 issue of The Public by Michael I. Niman prior to the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery event] "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)"

July 7, 2015

Review of Struggles for Justice Photo Exhibition

Jack Foran writes in the July 11, 2015 Artvoice, "The targets of the protests to which Langelle’s photos bear witness range from roadway expansion schemes in London, England,...to Hydro-Quebec plans for hydroelectric production facilities on Cree Indian lands in northern Canada, to a protest against the Tasmanian Forestry Commission, Australia, an agency that is supposed to protect forests from rapacious practices of commercial timber interests..."

June 11, 2015

Ecology & Environment: Activist and Photographer Orin Langelle

Jay Burney writes in The Public (1 April 2015), "His [Langelle's] personal philosophy is built on challenging the corporatization of policy agenda by governments, corporations, and the economic elite that they represent. He characterizes globalized economic development schemes—promoted as solutions to poverty, economic discrepancy, and climate change—as 'false solutions.'"

April 1, 2015

Spree Magazine Previews: An Allentown gallery celebrates activism April 2015

"'Work is not a job to make others wealthy, but for a livelihood that is sustaining, fulfilling, and in tune with the common good.' This is the motto (in part) pf a newish local gallery, ¡Buen Vivir!, located at 143 Elmwood Avenue. Photographer is curator of the space..." - Elizabeth Licata, Editor

April 1, 2015

Documenting resistance before cell phones, 9/11 and social media

EXHIBIT PREVIEW: STRUGGLES FOR JUSTICE - From: Step Out Buffalo - BY BRETT SMITH / ART, CULTURE & ARTS / MARCH 31, 2015: "The rise of social media and the ubiquity of mobile devices allow us access to protests around the world and in real time. However, just 25 years ago – only photographers like Orin Langelle could give society a glimpse of the regional protests taking place in the forests of the MidWest or slums of England"

March 31, 2015

REVIEW – Climate Killers: Orin Langelle’s photos at ¡Buen Vivir!

by Jack Foran from The Public Nov. 18, 2014: "Photojournalist Orin Langelle’s exhibit at his new ¡Buen Vivir! gallery at 148 Elmwood in Allentown takes on two enormous issues: world climate change—along with the criminality of its associated corporate denial and delay tactics—and the official media’s so-called objectivity.'”

November 18, 2014

Review: ¡Buen Vivir! – Climate Change: Faces, Places & Protest

Published on November 3rd, 2014 | by AMBER POTTER, GROWWNY INTERN "In October, I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of Orin Langelle’s gallery, ¡Buen Vivir!, which showcased the exhibit 'Climate Change: Faces, Places & Protest – Photos from the front lines.' The gallery proved to be a very powerful, eye-opening experience about the effects that climate change has upon people all the world over"

November 3, 2014

Human rights photographer opens Allentown gallery

October 2, 2014 in the GUSTO section of The Buffalo News: "Buffalo-based photographer Orin Langelle has documented social and environmental justice movements for more than 20 years, training his lens on marches and protests around the world. And now, he’s putting his work on display in a new Allentown gallery...The ¡Buen Vivir! gallery opens its doors for the first time at 6 p.m. Friday at 148 Elmwood Ave. "

October 2, 2014