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Preview: Oliver Klink, Juried Pacific Art League Exhibit, Palo Alto, CA

In Black and White Photography on October 5, 2017 at 11:00 am

Fresh from exhibition with Red Filter Gallery, our friend Oliver Klink will be part of a Juried Pacific Art League exhibit in October. Klink’s “Outlasting my Dwelling” was the participating photograph.

The Yi are the poorest Chinese minority living in the remote mountains of the Sichuan province. They strive to survive, to support each other and to protect their culture from modernization. Education, perceived as a disruption, is a path to a “better life”, but offered only to the eldest two children. The large number of younger children simply take care of their siblings. Their future, bleak at best, can rapidly take a turn for the worst.
Are their stories and situations unique? They may or may not be, but they are real. Spending time traveling thru their land, you are on an emotional roller coaster, ranging from rejection, to resentment, to intrusion. The acceptance seldom felt, reminds us that changes in life are hard to accept, that the understanding of each other’s genuine feelings takes time and should prevail over commercial cynicism.

Do their struggles invite us to remember our past, to draw parallels to the changes of our modern society? History repeats, but is forgotten until visible in front of our eyes and soul. I felt I travelled thru time and found a piece of my own history. I cared about the people I photographed, perhaps anticipating what would be next for them.

Photofiles will have until October 26th to see Klink’s and others’ photographs in Palo Alto.
For More Information: Pacific Art League

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