Catherine Edelman Gallery is excited to host a discussion, in the lower level, on Tuesday, October 29 at 6:00 pm between Sandro Miller and Mark Golitko, PhD, Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame and Research Associate at The Field Museum of Natural History. The topic will be contemporary life in Papua New Guinea, with Sandro and Mark sharing stories about their time spent in the southwestern Pacific island. This event is free and open to the public.
Papua New Guinea is a country rich in cultural diversity, known for its exquisite beaches, rainforests and active volcanoes. While it has a population of more than 8 million people, and 851 known languages, only a small percent live in urban centers. The rest of its people live in customary communities, areas owned by indigenous groups who manage their land and people through tribal customs. Photographer Sandro Miller made three trips to Papua New Guinea over a two-year period for his most recent project I am Papua New Guinea, photographing 400 indigenous people from more than a hundred different tribes. At these festivals, Sandro set up a studio, inviting hundreds of people to have their portraits taken. For most of the sitters, it was the first time they had ever seen a photograph or what they looked like. The result is a powerful body of work of a thriving culture far removed from its industrialized neighbors.