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Dignity. Die Würde des Menschen

May 10 to June 29, 2011

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Samburu Women Kenia, 1985
Archival Pigment Photograph
printed on Moab Entrada paper
71 x 71 cm (28 x 28 inches)

Hamburg, April 2011 – A homage to the most vulnerable people of this world will be on display in a new exhibit at Hilaneh von Kories Gallery. The show has the title “Dignity” and consists of a selection of images by American Dana Gluckstein. The exhibit which is shown from 10th of May until 29th of June in the Galerie Hilaneh von Kories is part of the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International.

The show is a culmination of the museum-collected body of work of the Los Angeles-based photographer who for over three decades has captured the likeness and the lifestyle of indigenous peoples – groups who maintain their ancestral culture and societies – fighting for their very lives.

Dana Gluckstein studied psychology, painting, and photography at Stanford University, where she realized the power of images to shape consciousness. In her 30-year career, she has captured cultural luminaries from Halston and Jane Russell to Mikhail Gorbachev and Nelson Mandela with her vintage Hasselblad camera. But she found her most important work in photographing indigenous communities around the globe and turned her journeys to sometimes rather remote places into a deeper challenge of how to find a mission in life and, what’s more important, a voice, a thought process she described in a recent interview with American Elle magazine: “What is it that we‘re going to say with our limited time here? How are we going to make our days count, to do the most that we are able to do? Especially as a woman, figuring out what to focus on, with all the balls we have to juggle.”

Dana Gluckstein: Woman with pipe, Haiti, 1983
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Woman with pipe, Haiti, 1983
Woman with pipe, Haiti, 1983
Dana Gluckstein: Bhutan Dancer (on steps), Bhutan, 2010
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dancer, Bhutan, 2010
Dancer, Bhutan, 2010
Dana Gluckstein: Chanter Hawaii with Tear, Hawaii, 1996
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Chanter, Hawaii, 1996
Chanter, Hawaii, 1996
Dana Gluckstein: Lamu Woman, Kenya, 1985
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Lamu Woman, Kenya, 1985
Lamu Woman, Kenya, 1985



Some of these trips have become a testament to the ongoing struggle of indigenous peoples to survive. When she visited the San Bushmen in Africa she discovered the decimation of their culture. “Diamond mining concessions are forcing the Bushmen off their lands and forcing them into squalid settlement camps, which are rampant with alcoholism, tuberculosis, and AIDS. These people are the most ancient culture on earth; they subsist on the land. Their rituals demand that they hunt for skins, and the government is now requiring them to buy a hunting license in order to hunt.“

Dana Gluckstein, whose ancestors came from shtetls on the borders of Poland and Germany, some of whom perished in the camps of the Holocaust, seems to have always felt a distinct connection to the struggle for survival. And that includes her relationship to an old Hasselblad camera and her work with film. “Film is cumbersome”, she says. “But it makes me feel like I‘m really making a statement and that I have to really think about what I‘m doing, because it‘s arduous and limited. You can‘t just snap-snap-snap and delete. I think of it now as almost like my own sacred ritual.”

Dana Gluckstein: Himba Man, Namibia, 2007
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Himba Man, Namibia, 2007
Himba Man, Namibia, 2007
Dana Gluckstein: Chanter, Hawaii, 1996
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Chanter, Hawaii, 1996
Chanter, Hawaii, 1996
Dana Gluckstein: Festival Boys, Peru, 2006
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Festival Boys, Peru, 2006
Festival Boys, Peru, 2006
Dana Gluckstein: Young Boy at Religious Festival, Bhutan, 2010
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Young Boy at Religious Festival, Bhutan, 2010
Young Boy at Religious
Festival, Bhutan, 2010



Her images are black and white or sometimes sepia colored and exude the power of pathos while drawing in the observer. Something South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu referred to when he wrote the introduction to the book that has been published alongside the exhibit: “The Indigenous Peoples have a gift to give that the world needs desperately, this reminder that we are made for harmony, for interdependence. If we are ever to prosper, it will only be together… The work of Dana Gluckstein helps us to truly see, not just appearances, but essences, to see as God sees us, not just the physical form, but also the luminous soul that shines through us.”

The images have been printed with Archival Pigment ink on Moab Entrada paper. Dana Gluckstein and gallery owner Hilaneh von Kories will support Amnesty International with a share of the proceeds from the sale of the pictures.

„Dignity – Die Würde des Menschen“ Dana Gluckstein
„Dignity – Die Würde des Menschen“
Terra Magica 2010

The publication accompanying the
exhibition is available in the gallery.
Amnesty International

More photos from this exhibition

Dana Gluckstein: School Boys Bhutan, 2010
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
open image gallery
Dana Gluckstein: Samburu Girl with Medallion, Kenya, 1985
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Ovazemba Girls, Namibia, 2007
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Himba Women Dancing, Namibia, 2007
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Flour Mill Worker, Haiti, 1983
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Masai Warrior Initiate, Kenya, 1985
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Njemps Sister and Brother, Kenya, 1985
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Aboriginal Artist, Australia, 1989
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Masai Elder, Kenya, 1985
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Tribal Man in Transition, Kenya, 1985
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Granary Worker, Haiti, 1983
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Laborer, Fiji, 2008
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Bali Dancer, Bali, 1988
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Goba Boys with masks, Zambia, 2007
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: San Bushmen Hunter III, Botswana, 2009
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: San Bushmen Hunter I, Botswana, 2009
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: San Bushmen Hunter II, Botswana, 2009
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Dancer Boy, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2004
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Dancer with Wings, Bali, 1988
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Bhutan Dancers, Bhutan, 2010
28 × 28 inches (71,0 × 71,0 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Bhutan Girl looking down, Bhutan, 2010
28 × 28 inches (71,0 × 71,0 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Herero Man, Namibia, 2007
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Herero Boy, Namibia, 2007
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Himba Headman with Pipe, Namibia, 2007
28 × 28 inches (71,0 × 71,0 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Himba Girl with Braids, Namibia, 2007
28 × 28 inches (71,0 × 71,0 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Himba Cowhide Headdress, Namibia, 2007
28 × 28 inches (71,0 × 71,0 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Himba Headman's Son, Namibia, 2007
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Teenage Girl, Fiji, 2008
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: San Bushmen Elder, Botswana, 2009
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Qero Pakko Healer, Peru, 2006
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: San Bushmen Mother and Son, Botswana, 2009
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: San Bushmen Healer, Botswana, 2009
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: San Bushmen Young Man, Botswana, 2009
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Chief's Dancer, Fiji, 2008
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Methodist Preacher's Wife, Fiji, 2008
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: San Bushmen Three Generations, Botswana, 2009
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Goba Man, Zambia, 2008
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Himba Teenage Girl with long legs, Namibia, 2007
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: San Bushmen Headman, Botswana, 2009
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Goba Dancer, Zambia, 2007
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: San Bushmen Healer, Botswana, 2009
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Herero Woman, Namibia, 2007
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Quechua Girl, Peru, 2006
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Quechua Boy, Peru, 2006
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Chamula Maya Boy, Chiapas, Mexico, 1987
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Zinacantan Maya Elders, Chiapas, Mexico, 1987
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Campbell River Indian, Canada, 2008
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Lacandon Maya Shaman, Onondaga Nation, New York, 1989
10 × 10 inches (25,4 × 25,4 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Himba Headman with Cowear Necklace, Namibia, 2007
28 × 28 inches (71,0 × 71,0 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Bhutan Girl looking to side, Bhutan, 2010
28 × 28 inches (71,0 × 71,0 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper
Dana Gluckstein: Chief's Warrior, Fiji, 2008
16 × 16 inches (40,6 × 40,6 cm) Archival Pigment Photographs printed on Moab Entrada paper

More infos about this artist

Dana Gluckstein: Vitaopen vita



Dana Gluckstein:
Dignity. Die Würde des Menschen

May 10 to June 29, 2011
Vernissage: May 10, 2011 19h
Welcome Speech: Barbara Hermanns, Amnesty International, Hamburg.
Introduction: Prof. Gerd Fleischmann
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 14:00–19:00h and by appointment

Galerie Hilaneh von Kories
Stresemannstraße 384a (im Hof)
22761 Hamburg
Fon: +49 (40) 423 20 10
mail@galeriehilanehvonkories.de
www.galeriehilanehvonkories.de

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