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Photography Exhibition: Hadza The Roots of Equality
March 25, 2017 @ 10:30 pm - 12:30 amFree
Exhibition Title: “Hadza: The Roots of Equality”
The Gallery at Atlas Industries, 11 Spring Street, Newburgh NY. March 25th – April 24th 2017.
Gallery hours Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 6pm.
Opening reception March 25th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Wine and refreshments will be served, as part of Newburgh’s Last Saturday events.
Closing reception April 21st, 6:30 pm. An evening of talks on egalitarian social organization, silent auction, and a screening of the documentary The Hadza: Last of the First to coincide with Earth Day.
Award-winning documentarians and academics Jon Cox, Katrin Redfern, and Andrew Stern, in partnership with the Gallery at Atlas Industries have produced a multimedia exhibition documenting the Hadza tribe of Tanzania. The exhibit will present Hadza daily life, culture, and expertise through photography, an immersive soundscape, text and artifacts – including a traditional Hadza grass hut. The closing reception will include an evening of talks on egalitarian social organization, a screening of the documentary The Hadza: Last of the First, and silent auction. All proceeds raised from prints and book sales will go to the Dorobo Fund to secure land rights for the Hadza.
Long before the social justice movements of today, humans were engaged in a living experiment in equality. Our common origins as egalitarian hunter-gatherers challenge the idea of human society as inherently selfish and competitive. The Hadza, some of the last remaining hunter-gatherers on the planet, provide insight into our past, and how we might imagine our future at a time when a reimagining is desperately needed.
The Hadza are living as they have for tens of thousands of years in one of the most iconic landscapes in the world, the savannahs and grasslands of Northern Tanzania. With a unique language, an egalitarian culture, and expert knowledge about their environment, the Hadza continue today in the region where modern humans evolved over 100,000 years ago. Although they have lost 90% of their land in the last 50 years, they are one of the few remaining sources of valuable direct knowledge of how humans lived for most of our time on earth – living sustainably off the land, and with equality for all regardless of gender, age, or ability. The Hadza are an important example for our present, and a people who are also our best hope for a continuing tie to our past. What can this joyful, just and sustainable society teach us about how to live now?
Jon Cox is a National Geographic Explorer, an assistant professor in the Department of Art at the University of Delaware, Board Member of the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania and Board member of the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research. Cox’s latest published work was a six-year collaborative documentary book project with hunter-gatherers in Tanzania titled Hadzabe, By the Light of a Million Fires. Cox is a co-recipient of a National Geographic – Genographic Legacy Fund Grant to support his current collaborative cultural mapping initiative with the Ese’Eja hunter-gatherers living in the Amazonia basin of Peru.
Katrin Redfern is a journalist and producer who has reported internationally on human rights, anti-trafficking, and corruption. She has written for the BBC, The Daily Beast, The Indypendent, Huffington Post, and The Phnom Penh Post among others. She has produced film (two Sundance Film Festival Official Selections), theater (five Tony Award nominations), radio, and podcasts, from science news to a series of international radio drama. Katrin is also an award-winning fiction writer and playwright and a longtime activist focusing on labor issues. She holds a BA from the Institute for Social Ecology, an MA from the University of Sussex and an MSc from the London School of Economics.
Andrew Stern is a photographer and journalist whose work has taken him to the planet’s farthest reaches on many projects. His primary areas of concentration are social and political issues, but he has also photographed campaigns for many leaders of industry and technology. His work has won numerous awards and has appeared in Harpers, The New York Times, Readers Digest, The Guardian and many other publications both domestically and internationally. He was a 2014 co-recipient of an Open Society Foundation grant for Water Warriors, a traveling exhibition and film on indigenous resistance to fracking (Big Sky Film Festival Official Selection). He is also a founder of the photography and film stages Starr Street Studios and Be Electric Studios Brooklyn.
In partnership with the Gallery at Atlas Industries, www.atlasnewburgh.com.