Crude Reflections: Oil, Ruin, & Resistance in the Amazon Rainforest

Nov 1st, 6-9:30pm: Hannon Library

This event is a panel discussion, exhibit viewing, & reception based on a book titled, Crude Reflections, which chronicles the human and environmental impact of oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon, where the pollution is so extensive that medical experts currently predict thousands of deaths from cancer and the disappearance of five indigenous rainforest communities.

Exhibit viewing: 6 p.m.
Program start: 6:30 p.m.
Reception: 8–9:30 p.m. Library 3rd floor

Photographer Lou Dematteis took his camera into Ecuador's Amazon rainforest and brought back images of the exquisite beauty of the land and its indigenous peoples. He also brought back a darker perspective-shocking images of the devastating effects of Chevron's oil extraction practices, both on the environment and on the people who inhabit the region. In the face of disease, death and the contamination of their land, this exhibit is a document of the Ecuadoran peoples' frontline fight for environmental justice and heroic struggle to save their rainforest. These powerful images are accompanied by moving first-person testimonies from the peoples of the Amazon.

This exhibition will also include a selection of aerial photographs produced together by Dematteis and environmental activist, artist and educator John Quigley of Spectral Q.

The photographers will participate in a discussion led by John Dorsey, Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at LMU, about the global and local implications of their work.  A reception and exhibit viewing, along with an opportunity to meet the photographers, will follow.

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