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Our Culture Is Our Resistance: Repression, Refuge, and Healing in Guatemala [Hardcover]

Jonathan Moller , Rigoberta Menchu Turn

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Book Description

Sept. 1 2004
For the past ten years Jonathan Moller has photographed communities uprooted by war in Guatemala. The result is Our Culture Is Our Resistance, a collection of portraits taken during that decade, revealing stories of life and death, of hope and despair, and of struggles for survival, respect, and truth. The beauty and strength of Moller’s photographs and the accompanying texts not only document and preserve the faces and events associated with this land and its history, but also display for the viewer the humanity and dignity of these largely Mayan indigenous peoples.

Featuring one hundred forty-seven tritone portraits, Our Culture Is Our Resistance also includes a preface by Guatemalan Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum; short essays by Francisco Goldman, Susanne Jonas, and Ricardo Falla; and prose and poetry by Eduardo Galeano, Julia Esquivel, Francisco Morales Santos, Humberto Ak’abal, and Heather Dean. In addition, the book includes testimonies and reflections by Guatemalan community members and survivors, as well as statements by photographer Sebastião Salgado, Eduardo Galeano, and William F. Schulz, Executive Director of Amnesty International U.S.A.

Among the sponsors and official endorsers of Our Culture Is Our Resistance are Amnesty International, the Soros Foundation, Global Exchange, The Nation Institute, the Photo Review, Witness for Peace, and Cultural Survival.

In addition to Moller images, Our Culture is Our resistance features: a preface by Rigoberta Menchú Tum; essays by Ricardo Falla, Eduardo Galeano, and Francisco Morales Santos; and, statements by Eduardo Galeano, Sebastiấo Salgado, and William F. Shultz.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (Sept. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576872122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576872123
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 2.3 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,176,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jonathan Moller studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University in 1990. His photographs have been widely exhibited, and are in the permanent collections of numerous museums and institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the University of California Berkeley Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the George Eastman House, Rochester, the International Polaroid Corporation, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, and the Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba. Moller’s work has been featured in LIFE: 2001 Album, The Year in Pictures, The Photo Review, and DoubleTake. He was awarded the 2001 Henry Dunant Prize for Excellence in Journalism by the International Red Cross for best photo reportage in Central America and the Caribbean, the 2002 Fellowship Award from the Society for Contemporary Photography, the 2003 Golden Light Award from the Maine Photographic Workshops, and a 2003 Vision Award from the Santa Fe Center for Photography. Moller’s traveling exhibition, Refugees Even After Death: A Quest for Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation, is in its fourth full year touring the United States. A duplicate exhibition underwritten by Amnesty International Switzerland, has been touring in Europe since 2002. He is a former member of the Foreign Press Club of Guatemala, Impact Visuals, Swanstock, and The Image Bank. Moller divides his time between the United States and Latin America.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful images and testimony March 20 2006
By amy maura - Published on Amazon.com
This book shows the true power of photography to capture human emotion in all of it's extreme forms. Definitely brings meaning to the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. He captures his subjects in deep and dramatic ways.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow April 1 2013
By M Sue - Published on Amazon.com
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What a beautiful pictorial of the plight of the Guatamalans. Such moving photo's, I love this book and as always amazon had the best price!
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latin American holocaust Nov. 4 2006
By Preston C. Enright - Published on Amazon.com
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Few US citizens are aware that, just 20 years ago, there was a mass killing that took place in Guatemala to serve elite interests of Western "civilization." It seems the corporate cowboys of the Wild West won't rest until every indigenous population is destroyed. There is hardly a group of people outside of the economic system designed by massive conglomerates that is safe. Civic organizations like "Cultural Survival" and "Amazon Watch" do a great job of showing respect for those humans who have a way of being in the world that, while it doesn't satisfy Wall Street, provides contentment for many people (and important lessons for the rest of humanity).

It's been good to see a resurgence of indigenous activism and solidarity over that past decade, including the election of Evo Morales in Bolivia.

"Our Culture is Our Resistance" is a beautiful book that I purchased during a fundraiser of the Denver Justice and Peace Committee - one of countless groups in the world that are doing important work to create some moments of peace and understanding every now and again.

I was so glad to discover that the text is bilingual, so I'm going to buy additional copies here on Amazon for friends of mine in Latin America, and Spanish-speaking immigrants here in the empire.

As citizens of the world's militaristic superpower, we have an obligation to make some efforts to break down the lack of awareness that creates the climate for injustice.

"While in Guatemala, I saw clearly that violence and war caused tremendous pain and left many wounds. Fear and pain still permeate the culture, and the deep psychological and cultural wounds have already begun to pass to a new generation. . . I have come to believe that we must all strive to bring witness to this world, and we must raise our voices in a collective cry for peace with justice for all human beings."

-Jonathan Muller, from the Introduction

As another teaching tool, I'd also recommend the DVD "When the Mountains Tremble."
1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moller the man of mystery Dec 20 2005
By Alexis A Clements - Published on Amazon.com
Jonathan Moller is a sexy beast who has a giant heart!

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