A Modest Proposal – Dog for Thanksgiving

Eating dog for Thanksgiving may be considered shocking and taboo by many Americans but is actually a well documented practice.  When Franklin Delano Roosevelt first commissioned a survey of American’s eating habits as part of the WPA, turkey was often substituted for duck, pig, rabbit, and other household livestock.  In amongst the list is dog. It is not surprising that dog gets on the list more often in times of financial crisis, when other types of protein are harder to come by.  Although a modest proportion of the American diet overall, dog meat consumption spiked in 2008 and has not dropped considerably since.

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SP-Arte/Foto 2013 – Jan Smith

SP-Arte/Foto 2013 – Jan Smith

The Galeria Eduardo Fernandes of Brazil is proud to present the work of Mexican photographer, Jan Smith at the SP-Arte/Foto 2013 in Sao, Paulo, Brazil.  Jan’s work will be on display from the 21st to the 25th of August 2013.

Opening [By Invitation]: August 21 from 15h to 22h
22-25 of August from 14h to 20h

Shopping JK Iguatemi | 3º piso
Av. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek, 2041 – Vila Olímpia
São Paulo, Brasil

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5th Dali International Photography Festival – Jan Smith

5th Dali International Photography Festival – Life is Elsewhere

Short Essays on Decay – Photographs by Jan Smith

The ErdmannContemporary Gallery of South Africa is proud to present the work of Mexican photographer, Jan Smith at the 5th Dali International Photography Festival, in China.  Life is Elsewhere (Short Essays on Decay) spans forty images of Jan’s work, across five of his series.  The collection will be on display in the city of Dali from the 1st to the 5th of August 2013.

Nouadhibou 14 AyA 4 Brochure-3Described by the Cape Times of South Africa as “beautiful compositions of absence”, and by Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun as “a visual voice that is firm and elegant”, Jan’s work explores the archeology of absence.

Short Essays on Decay features images  from the abandoned village of Kolmanskop (Namibia) and the island of Gunkanjima (Japan), the ship cemetery of Nouadhibou (Mauritania), and the nuclear wastelands surrounding Chernobyl (Ukraine) and Fukushima (Japan).  The carefully composed photographs evoke a paused beauty that invites the viewer to question the concept of progress.

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Interview The News – Colectivo StilL

Interview in Mexico’s The News – Colectivo StilL


The News interviewed Ragnar, Guillaume and me about our latest exhibit, La Comedia Urbana that is began its national tour at the Alianza Francesa Polanco in Mexico City.  The article ran on April 12th, but it took me a while to receive a copy.  You can read the digital copy below.  Hope you enjoy the interview.

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Jan Smith – Exposición La Comedia Urbana

La Comedia Urbana – Exposición

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En StilL, siempre estamos buscando innovar con imágenes y fotografía.  En esta ocasión, tenemos el honor de invitarles a nuestra nueva exposición – La Comedia Urbana – en la cual estamos retratando a los actores y personajes de las ciudades.

Esta exhibición es totalmente nueva y ha tomado mas de 3 años el producirla.  Estamos explorando el tema tanto con imágenes, con video y con nuevos montajes.
Esperamos nos puedan acompañar el próximo miércoles 20 de marzo, a las 19h30 en la Alianza Francesa de Polanco (Sócrates 156, esq. Homero).