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In Conversation: Slumdog Multimillionaires
Sat, May 13, 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
Join us for an engrossing evening with renowned photographers Ivan Kashinsky, Karla Gachet and Yvonne Venegas, who have chronicled the influence of affluence on societies outside of the United States, in places where the divide between the poor and the wealthy is more like a chasm.
Kashinsky and Gachet are Los Angeles-based documentary photographers who have worked extensively in Latin America. Much of their work has focused on the impacts of globalization and consumerism on people and the environment. Their photography series “Wealthy Roma” documented life in Buzescu, a small town 50 miles southwest of the Romanian capital, Bucharest. A third of Buzescu’s inhabitants are Roma, yet their fleets of Mercedes and castle-like residences challenge the popular perception of the Roma as a poor, itinerant lot. These Roma have reaped huge profits from dealing in scrap metals, making their town a showcase for the contemporary self-image of some of Romania’s most affluent, yet least-respected residents.
Venegas seeks to find the vibrant possibility located between the perfect moment and one considered an error. She explores the possibility of portraiture as a form of expressing ideas. Venegas is known for gaining access to the rarely seen upper reaches of Mexican society and portraying them in a complex visual language. She has been a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Magnum Expression Award and a prestigious Sistema Nacional de Creadores grant. She has had solo exhibitions in cities around the world, including Los Angeles, Toronto, Madrid and Ottawa. Her career was the subject of a 2012 retrospective at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City.
This panel discussion will be moderated by Saul Gonzalez, a producer and correspondent for KCRW-FM as well as NPR’s “The World.”