Young Nicaraguan boy displaying his commitment and hope for a good life. Photo: Langelle

Young Nicaraguan boy. Photo: Langelle (1998)

The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art was founded to utilize art and photography 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.

 ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery is part of the Social Justice Media Program of Global Justice Ecology Project


The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art was founded by Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann