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Photo Exhibit and Discussion | Eyes are the Window to the Soul

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312 Sutter St., Suite 200

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The name orangutan means "man of the forest" in the Malay language, yet unlike man, these great apes likely face extinction in the wild over the next ten years. Both the Sumatran species and the Bornean species of orangutans are classified as “Critically Endangered,” according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List of Threatened Species, primarily due to habitat destruction in their native Sumatra and Borneo over the past hundred years.

Mark Edward Harris’ newest exhibit at World Affairs on orangutans, because, as he states, ‘the future for many species is uncertain, but orangutans in the wild are hanging on by a particularly thin vine.” Harris collaborated with the staff at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation in Indonesia to document their efforts with orangutans in the wild and to reintroduce those that are injured, captured or orphaned back to their natural habitat. An integral part of these efforts is to protect the orangutan’s native habitat. However, forests in this region of Indonesia are often cleared for palm oil plantations, which is a lucrative and easy to grow crop found only in tropical environments. The palm oil market is economically vital for the people of Borneo and Sumatra, however more sustainable ways to produce palm oil are needed to ensure the survival of wild orangutans. Indonesian now also plans to move its capital to Borneo which may also contribute to more deforestation, thus threatening orangutans in the region.

“The expression ‘eyes are the windows to the soul’ is usually associated with humans but when photographing other great apes (humans join orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos in this category) it’s clear that there are sentient beings behind the eyes looking back through the lens,” says Harris who will join us to discuss his process of photographing orangutans up close and what is being done to protect the species.

The evening will include a reception and viewing of the exhibit as well as a conversation with the photographer.

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