now more than ever
For more than three years, ¡Buen Vivir! gallery has been spotlighting activist documentary photography,
a category we see all too little of in the digital age. Gallery cofounder Orin Langelle, who is also
co-founder of Global Justice Ecology Project, has often included his own work in the gallery’s
exhibitions, and now there is a chance to see an overview of this work at CEPA Gallery, which awarded
Langelle a solo show as a result of its 2017 member’s exhibition.
Entitled Portraits of Struggle, the CEPA show surveys four-and-a-half decades’ worth of resistance to
war, corporate globalization, ecological destruction, and human rights abuses. Langelle regularly travels
the world to document protests against injustice; the far-flung images depict events in Campo Lorro,
Paraguay; Durban, South Africa; Bonn, Germany; James Bay, Quebec, and many other locales. What
they have in common is the efforts of individuals to contest overwhelming power. Often, what is at
stake is survival.
Orin Langelle: Portraits of Struggle is on view at CEPA Gallery, 617 Main Street, starting
Friday, January 26, with an opening reception from 7-10 p.m., and runs through February
24. Also opening is CEPA’s 2018 Member’s Show.
— Elizabeth Licata
Clockwise from above: Earth First!ers blockade the Fairview Timber Sale area in the Shawnee
National Forest in southern IL by burying themselves up to their necks (1990); Child with
mother, survivors of Hurricane Mitch (1999); Indigenous men at the ninth World Social Forum,
which took place in the Brazilian city of Belém (2009)
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