James Rodriguez a human rights activist-turned documentary photographer, was raised in Mexico City but migrated to Orange County, California, in the mid 1980s. Based in Guatemala since 2004, James has been documenting Guatemala’s fragile post-war scenario from an independent stance. His work from Mexico and Central America documenting land tenure struggles, human rights abuses, post-war processes, and negative effects of globalization, has been published in dozens of periodicals around the globe. Winner of independent awards, his work has been exhibited widely – including solo exhibits during the 2008 Americas Social Forum and two Amnesty International-sponsored exhibits in Canada in 2007 and 2012. His work can be seen at: mimundo.org
The exhibit “Canadian Extractives as Development: Myth or Reality” is a body of work from a two-week research mission to Guatemala to investigate the impact of Canadian extractives on the environment and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. His work will be at the Bowman Art Centre, 811 5 Ave S Lethbridge, from Sept 22 to Oct 27. Opening reception is Sept 22 at 7pm.