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Tom Chambers Photographs A Surrealist Mexico (PHOTOS)

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WHO: Tom Chambers

WHAT: Photography Exhibition: 'Dreaming in Reverse'

WHEN: March 1st to April 2nd, 2011
Artist Reception on Thursday, March 10th,
6:00-8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Wall Space Gallery
113 West Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

WHY:

'Twenty-five years ago I traveled freely throughout the Mexican countryside where I relished a warm, welcoming, and slow-paced style of living. I was heartened by the physical beauty of the landscape and the simple, pure lifestyles shared by both the Hispanic and indigenous people of Mexico. A sense of spirituality and magic were embedded in their religious practices, crafts, art, dance, and literature. Recently, I returned to Mexico where I experienced a country teetering on the brink of change created by increasing political and economic challenges, and exacerbated by the trappings of global consumerism. The Mexican people appeared handcuffed by demands largely outside of their control and threatened by
the potential loss of their cultural richness. Sensing that little time remains to photograph the beauty of Mexico, I have created the series "Dreaming In Reverse" to express both my concern for cultural loss, as well as my appreciation for the inherent loveliness of Mexican life.'


(From: Tom Chambers)

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