Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts Exhibit

October 4, 2022 - January 9, 2023

Show List


Exhibit: October 4, 2022 - January 9, 2023
Viewing Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12noon – 1pm and one hour prior to all performances.
Gallery Walk: TBD
Official Website: MVCPA
Address: 500 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041
Phone: 650-903-6000
Artist's Contact: Oliver Klink - 408-910-6701 -

Artist Statement:

I photographed over a fifteen-year span in the countries of Bhutan, China, India, Mongolia, and Myanmar. Over this extended period of time, I established trust with his subjects enabling me to venture further away from the mainstream tourist locations.
I began to focus on the true essence of the people, the subtleties that make their life evolve, accessing what I call their spiritual guiding light. “I resisted depicting the typical visual transitions, such as the new electronic devices, the high-rise buildings going up like mushrooms, the freeways built as quickly as sand castles, the modern transportation, the influence of western clothing, the packaged food, and the old villages turned into tourist attractions. Instead, I explored how all these changes impacted the essence of their lives; family, work, and the basic needs for survival that are essential to life.”
I watched people and started to feel their emotions about change, their worries, their acceptance. I witnessed them falling behind, trying to hold on to their comfort zones, their culture, and their spirituality. Everyone that I interacted with described transition differently, but one thing that was common was that the typical visual signs of "progress" were the least of their worries. The loss of emotional connection with themselves and their communities was their most significant concern.
The show companion is the book published by True North Editions, which won 9 awards for best photography book of 2019.

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