Living Threads is a visual journey into ancient, living civilizations and cultures told through beautiful and captivating portraits of deeply rooted people and their unique fashions. Over a two-year period, photographer Eric Mindling captured portraits of people and community fashion in over 50 villages in Oaxaca, Mexico. This extensive photo documentation will be released as a book titled Oaxaca Stories in Cloth in October 2016. Join us at our artist’s reception to meet Eric and experience his stunning photographs that honor the traditional dress and culture of the Oaxacan people. This photo exhibit will be on display in the Broadway Commerce Center from September 2nd through the 30th and will be a stop on the First Friday Art Walk tour as part of the Lane Arts Council’s Fiesta Cultural event, a community celebration of Latino arts and culture.
On Saturday, September 3, the day after the exhibition opening reception, Eric will give a digital presentation at the Eugene Public Library, sharing many of his photographs and stories from his travels through Oaxaca, as he worked to capture, honor and preserve the rich, cultural story of the Oaxacan people and their traditional dress. This event is free to the public.
“In these wonderful pictures, the weaver’s silence moves us profoundly from within. … Eric Mindling’s photos illustrate…beauty…force…connection…in this special place that is Oaxaca, unique in the world.” -Lila Downs, singer and activist
“…nothing like this exists in Mexico or the world. It will be a jewel of a textile registry, but done artistically, with sensitivity, with ingenuity and with love. ”
-Ana Paula Fuentes, founding director Oaxacan Textile Museum
Born in the USA, author and photographer, Eric Mindling has lived and worked in Oaxaca, Mexico, since 1992. His work has always been driven by a respect and admiration of traditional people and the quiet wisdom of their ways. “Without trying they teach us things we truly need to know, things that we forgot so long ago we don’t even know they’re gone.”
Presenting Eric’s Living Threads project in Lane County was supported in part by a grant from the Lane Arts Council with support from the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division.