“Africa: The Struggle of Beauty”: Wildlife Art Photography Exhibition
Opening Reception: September 7 (5:30-8PM)
Special Guest Speaker: WildAid Executive Team
Pacific Art League Gallery
668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
GALLERY HOURS: Monday - Friday 9AM to 5PM, Saturday from 10AM to 3PM
Andrew Wegst, Sebastião Salgado, Oliver Klink and Terri Vershel
The Pacific Art League presents a special African wildlife art photography exhibition in partnership with WildAid this September and October 2018.
The recently announced “Africa: The Struggle of Beauty” fine art photography exhibition, aims to raise awareness of the calamity playing out across the continent of Africa. With the loss of wildlife of all species, particularly Elephants, Rhinos and Lions, this exhibition raises the question to the Silicon Valley tech community; how can we protect these animals and end the devastation?
The exhibition will feature photographic works by Emmy award winning cinematographer Andrew Wegst and includes a comprehensive narrative exhibit developed by WildAid. The exhibition will be complemented with additional fine art photographs by internationally and locally acclaimed photographers such as Sebastião Salgado, Oliver Klink and Terri Vershel.
I will exhibit a subset of my series: "Life - As the World Should be"
The elephant is one of the most enigmatic creatives in all of the animal kingdom. To some they are majestic creatures worthy of worship, to others merely beasts of burden. Regardless of human perception, they are incredible animals that are full of intelligence, empathy, and a genuine curiosity for the world.
“Life” is a photo series that attempts to showcase elephants in their totality — not just a small fraction to be misunderstood. Approaching this project with a painterly touch, I’m aiming to create vivid portraits of these animals as they navigate between freedom, domesticity, and destruction.
While I sought to capture these creatures’ lives as honestly as possible, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of regret in witnessing the increasing fragility of their ecosystem. In a way, this series aims to present the world as it should be, showcasing these animals in a world free of poaching, the ivory trade, and pollution. If human behaviors do not change, the future of elephants is bleak. But here, in the frozen moments of these photographs, their grace and spirit lives on forever.
My learning experience is that our world is in constant change but slow changes. As human being we tend to forget when changes happen slowly. We get use to the situation. Taking a back seat and reflecting on what we have might well be a starting point for a brighter future.
For additional information, contact Oliver Klink or check this link.