The latest photography exhibit hosted by The Half King, the bar on West 23rd Street co-owned by writers Sebastian Jung, Scott Anderson and filmmaker Nanette Burstein, kicks off tonight at 7:30 p.m. with a special Q&A. The exhibit is titled “As Long as the Sun Shines” and the featured photographer is Ian Willms.
From the program notes:
The Canadian government is leasing out 141,000 square kilometres of indigenous territory to the world’s largest energy corporations in order to develop Canada’s Oil Sands. Those territories were safeguarded over 100 years ago in Treaty 8, signed by the Queen of England and 39 indigenous bands in northern Alberta, Canada… Developing this resource involves an energy-intensive process which contaminates the air, water and traditional food sources like wild game and berries.
High instances of cancer, miscarriages, lupus, skin abscesses and other ailments beset communities of The First Nations of northern Alberta. Their local economies of hunting, fishing and fur trading have been decimated by industrial development. The oil industry is now the number one employer for the indigenous peoples in the region, forcing many into a bitter compromise between their cultural identity and the need to feed their families.
The Half King Photography series features a new artist every seven weeks, and presents, in between the exhibits, related screenings and book launches. Co-owner Burstein also has a new feature documentary about McAfee Anti-Virus software creator John McAfee, which premiered over the weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival ahead of is upcoming Showtime broadcast run.
Tonight’s Q&A will be moderated by James Estrich, a New York Times photographer and co-editor of the paper’s Lens blog.
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