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Photojournalism and Indigenous Art at Casa de Arte

Chiapas: Resistance and Renewal

In the early 1980s, as an exhibit specialist at the International Center of Photography in New York, I had the chance to work with the great photojournalist Susan Meiselas on her courageous project to expose the consummate horrors of the war in Nicaragua. Later I house-sat for her while she was on another assignment, taking the opportunity to look through her photo archive while monitoring her answering machine and feeding her cat. It was an illuminating experience to see all the shots she didn’t publish…horrors and tragedy anew.

In a similar vein I await the opening of an exhibition on Saturday, June 22, at Casa de Arte of photographs documenting the continuing struggle for social justice by the Zapatistas and indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico, for land rights and autonomy.

The photojournalist is a species of artist/ writer near extinction in contemporary media. Please take the opportunity to witness in a local venue the work by photojournalist Orin Langelle. Also featuring photographs by Bill Jungels, etchings from Chiapas-based Autun Kojtom Lam, and weavings from the women’s cooperative Tsobol Antseik, who practice various forms of resistance preserving in particular, the indigenous weaving traditions going back before the conquest of Cortez.

Saturday’s opening includes a reception, 6-10pm. The exhibition runs until July 28.

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