Still Points in a Turning World

In April of 2017, the Salomon Arts Gallery in Tribeca, New York held a solo exhibit of my ongoing project, “Still Points in a Turning World”. This work explores our universal cross-cultural truths: the importance of family, community, ritual and the amazing diversity of its expression.

“The central revelation of anthropology is that this world deserves to exist in a diverse way, that we must find a way to live in a truly multicultural, world where all of the wisdom of all peoples can contribute to our collective well-being.” Wade Davis

Click below to see more of my visual tales…

 

“Still Points in a Turning World” at Salomon Arts Gallery

“Still Points in a Turning World” at Salomon Arts Gallery

I was so happy to have a  solo exhibit at Salomon Arts Gallery.  My intention for the exhibit was to celebrate cultural diversity; to demonstrate that though we may not see our own customs and traditions in these images, we can recognize our common humanity.

All cultures celebrate the same things. We have rituals surrounding birth, death, good harvests, courtship, family reunions, rites of passage and more…terrigold_stillpoints-4190010

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I was really happy to have a number of different events with a multicultural group of friends, family, and art collectors and enthusiasts.  I had a cocktail party one night for the cast of Afrimericans, a scripted show following men and women who were born all over Africa and are now living here, a new emerging narrative about  contemporary Africa. It was interesting to see their impressions of their own tribal cultures. There were people from Nigeria, Sudan, Kenya, Cameroon and more…

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Still Points_Afrimericans_Kwame-20One Saturday I gave a talk moderated by Harvey Stein, a photography and long-time teacher at ICP in New York, sharing my stories about our cross-cultural truths; the importance of family, community, ritual and the amazing diversity of its expression.

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Terri Gold and Harvey Stein

I also held a trunk show one day, an event in collaboration with my friend Siamanda Chege and her company Bebe Ravi, and the proceeds were used to help and empower women in Siamanda’s village in Kenya.

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I feel I’m completing the circle sharing the work with so many different people and cultures.

 

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Terri Gold with Rodrigo and Gig Salomon of Salomon Arts Gallery

 

Terri Gold featured on DailyMail.com

 

I’m honored to have my work featured on DailyMail.com along with a wonderful article about my life’s work and travels.

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See the post here, and please visit my exhibition of Still Points in a Turning World at the Salomon Arts Gallery in Tribeca, NY from April 19 to May 11!

Salomon Arts Gallery, 83 Leonard St, 4th Floor.

Terri Gold: Still Points in a Turning World featured on Photography Blog aCurator

I’m honored to have some of my work from “Still Points in a Turning World” featured on aCurator.   The gallery exhibition of “Still Points in a Turning World” will be opening next Wednesday, April 19th at the Salomon Arts Gallery.

You can read the post here, and please stop by to see the show at Salomon Arts Gallery during its run from April 19 to May 11, 2017! Salomon Arts Gallery is located at 83 Leonard St, 4th floor.

Save the Date: Still Points in a Turning World – Exhibition at Salomon Arts Gallery

I am very excited to announce my solo exhibition of “Still Points in a Turning World,” featuring visual tales from my travels to the last mysterious corners of the world.  The show will be at the Salomon Arts Gallery in Tribeca, NY.

Please save the date for the opening reception on April 19th!

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Elephants at Itumba, Kenya

“Elephants walk through the spirit as much as the do across the earth. They are the ambassadors of peace, the universal prayer, the Om in motion”   ~ Boyd Varty, Cathedral of the Wild

In Kenya, I had the privilege of staying at Itumba, the bush camp of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). After years of capturing images of people from the remote corners of the world, I am now exploring the endangered species of the Animal Kingdom.

Wild elephants visiting the orphans at Itumba

The opportunity to interact with the orphan elephants in Itumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park is an elephant-lover’s dream. At Itumba, you have the unique opportunity to interact with young elephants who trust humans during their transition towards a life in the wild. Wild elephants also join in, mixing with the orphans and tolerating our human presence. Itumba has had extraordinary success in rehabilitating and releasing elephants. It plays an important role in elephant conservation in Kenya. Benjamin Kyalo, the head keeper tells us the orphans communicate with the wild elephants and let them know it is safe and okay to be here with humans.

Ben leading the young orphans coming to camp for the evening feeding

While at Itumba, I became involved with the adoption program and chose Laragai for my adoptee. She is a young female rescued by the staff at a lodge in Northern Kenya. When Laragai was rescued, there were many herds in the area. The rangers waited a couple of days after finding her and observed that her condition was worsening. They concluded that she was abandoned. The rangers managed to subdue her and brought her to the lodge to await the help of the DSWT Rescue Team.

Meeting my adoptee Laragai

The DSWT Rescue Team and the new orphan arrived at the Nairobi Nursery in the late afternoon after a successful plane journey. She was soon safely relocated to a comfortable stockade next to Sities, an older orphan who was a soothing presence to the newcomer who needed all the reassurance she could get. Laragai was in a wild and emaciated state, but she took milk from a bucket during the night, and from a bottle the following morning, though only behind the security of the stockade gate. Laragai took much longer than usual to tame, despite the keepers’ best efforts.

The young ones race in to getting their mid-day bottle of milk

Once the elephants are a little older, they are ready to be transferred to one of the two relocation centers in Kenya to ease their transition back to the wild. It is like when your child graduates from nursery school to kindergarten. Itumba is one of these centers.

On our arrival at Itumba, we went immediately to the mud baths to meet the orphans and ex-orphans (that is, those orphans that no longer require milk – usually at 8 years old the elephants no longer need to take milk or return to the stockades at night for protection).

Suddenly, your ears are met with the trumpeting of a herd of elephants coming straight towards you, ravenous for their morning milk feeding.

And then there are the mud baths. It is like watching extremely large kids go crazy in a sandbox.

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Our three days at Itumba were amazing. We observed the older orphans and their wild elephant companions, fed them milk, played with the babies, and were physically pushed around by the enormous animals. This is what you come here for. Being surrounded by these gentle giants for even a short time is a magical and unforgettable experience.

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Elephants, more than any other species of wild animal, need room. The Tsavo National Park is the only park in Kenya large enough to accommodate them. Nothing in nature stays the same. Elephant numbers are designed by nature to fluctuate in unison with the nature’s own cycles. They are highly intelligent,­­­­­­ sophisticated, long-lived animals with an emotional make-up and sense of self, family and even death that are akin to our own.

One of the world’s most pressing environmental problems is species extinction. The survival of the African Elephant as a species presents one of the greatest challenges today.

“If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa” ~John Hemingway

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A wild elephant walks towards Kilimanjaro