Cloyde Snook Gallery will feature Guatemala photos

(09-07-2012)

Jonathan Moller, fine art/documentary photographer and human rights activist, will exhibit at the Adams State University Cloyde Snook Gallery. Moller studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and received a BFA from Tufts University in 1990.

Moller’s traveling exhibit of color photographs is intended as an educational tool to tell the story of the tragic history of Guatemala: the repression and genocide carried out by state security forces in the early 1980’s, and the work for justice, truth, and reconciliation being done within a continued context of impunity and human rights violations in the late19 90’s and the 2000’s.

Moller worked in Guatemala for over six years with the National Coordinating Office on Refugees and Displaced of Guatemala (NCOORD), the Guatemala Accompaniment Project (GAP), and more recently, with the Forensic Team of the Office of Peace and Reconciliation of the Quiché Catholic Diocese. His photographs have been widely exhibited and collected, and have been published in numerous books and magazines.

Our Culture is Our Resistance: Repression, Refuge and Healing in Guatemala, is the name of Moller’s book which features 147 tri-tone photographs and includes a preface by Guatemalan Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum.

This book will be available to purchase and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of it will help La Puente provide relief for the San Luis Valley Guatemalan families that have been laid off of work at the mushroom farm.

This exhibit open September 17 through October 12 at the Cloyde Snook Gallery at Adams State University’s Art Department in Alamosa, CO. Moller will provide a free lecture, open to the public, about his work at 4 p.m. Friday, September 21, an artist’s reception to follow.

A roundtable discussion with the artist begins a 2 p.m. Saturday, September 22 at Milagros Coffeehouse, 529 Main Street in Alamosa, Colo. These events are sponsored by ASU Art Department, Community Partnerships and La Puente’s Adelante program.