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

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“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

 

Press Release for Salomon Arts Gallery Show

So happy preparing for my solo show “Still Points in a Turning World”, opening Wednesday, April 19th from 5:30-8:30pm.  Visual tales from my travels to the last mysterious corners of the world.

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PRESS RELEASE

Terri Gold: Still Points in a Turning World

April 19 – May 11, 2017

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 “Terri Gold is a seeker, a world traveler to many of the more remote places of the globe who is entranced by peoples so unlike her and her community that one has to wonder at her enchantment. Her luminous photographs, made more otherworldly by the use of special toning and waxing techniques and infrared radiation rather then conventional light rays, show us more than we can imagine and takes us out of our routine lives into realms of the miraculous and the unknowable.”

-Harvey Stein, Photographer

Salomon Arts Gallery will feature work by award-winning international photographer Terri Gold, who is known for her poetic infrared imagery of the remote corners of the globe and the indigenous cultures that inhabit them.

Her ongoing project that examines cross-cultural truths, “Still Points in a Turning World”, made up of photographs taken over the course of a decades-long career, is a catalyst for discussion about the globalizing forces that threaten indigenous cultures. According to Ms. Gold, “traditional knowledge of indigenous societies has the power to contribute to the planet’s modern vision of technology, science and medicine and sustainable living. Though we may not see our own customs and traditions in these images, it is my hope that we recognize our common humanity. In the end, our only heritage is our planet.   As beautiful as it is diverse…”

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Salomon Arts Gallery

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Omo Valley Work Featured on L’Oeil de la Photographie

Delighted to have more great press on my Omo Valley work – this time from L’Oeil de la Photographie, a daily photo magazine.

http://www.loeildelaphotographie.com/2014/05/31/the-eye-of-readers/25033/terri-gold-omo-valley

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Into The Mists Of Time

Happy to be featured on my friend Tewfic El-Sawy’s informative and inspiring blog, The Travel Photographer.

http://thetravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2014/02/terri-gold-in-mist-of-time-omo-valley.html

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Into the Mists of Time – Terri Gold

Terri Gold is an award-winning photographer and artist based in New York City, and has built an impressive reputation for her infrared imagery of rituals, rites of passage, festivals, celebrations and portraits from all over the world.

Her artistic creativity and energy were patently obvious during my Tribes of South Rajasthan & Kutch Photo~Expedition™which she had joined in January 2010, as she moved from one photo shoot in a village to the next photographing with her two cameras; one “normal” like those used by the rest of us, and the second professionally modified to shoot infrared.

She has recently returned from the endangered Omo Valley with new work…both infrared imagery and standard, and uploaded her best work using the former technique on the gallery she titled Into The Mists of Time: In the Omo Valley. The images are really distinctive, and more fine art than travel documentary photographs as such, with the majority being set up for an aesthetic impact…or fine art imagery, if you prefer.

The Omo Valley of Ethiopia is home to eight different tribes numbering around 200,000 people in total, and their traditional way of life and culture are threatened by the Ethiopian government introducing and planning large infrastructure projects to the area, and while these will provide better medical and educational facilities, trading and many associated benefits to the tribes, there are also governmental programs aimed at forcibly resettling them.

Some conscientious travel companies have recently ceased to bring loads of tourists to the Omo Valley in an effort to pressure the Ethiopian government to cease these resettling programs. Perhaps that will also slow down the exploitation of these tribes by some tourists who view them as beautiful displays.

Terri Gold’s work has been described as “interpretive in nature and incorporates the use of infrared light and the invisible light spectrum.” I’m not sure how Terri photographs these days, but at one point of time she would wear up to four cameras around her neck; a digital camera, a digital camera converted to infrared, a XPan with cross-processed film (or B&W), and a Mamiya 7.

-Tewfic El-Sawy