Snap 2013: The Anthropologists 

Cedric Arnold, Mei Xian Qiu, Lisa Kristine

click to enlarge Lisa Kristine: “Brothers Carrying Stone, Nepal”
  • Lisa Kristine: “Brothers Carrying Stone, Nepal”

There’s always a strong element of documentary photography at Snap, and 2013’s show continues that commitment. Shot in Southeast Asia using a large-format camera, portraits by Arnold depict Thai men covered in lucky tattoos, magical protection in the form of inked incantations and animal gods. Mei’s photographs couldn’t be more different: poppy, shiny deconstructions of identities in a globalized world. Kristine documents a pre-technological world of child labor amid thrilling natural beauty. Her searing photo of two tiny boys in the Himalayas hauling slate tablets almost as large as themselves inspired 9-year-old Vivienne Harr to launch a humanitarian aid campaign, Make a Stand Lemon-Aid, which has raised $500,000 in just a year to help free enslaved children around the world. Harr will set up her “lemon-aid” stand in various locations throughout Orlando this weekend; at the first stop, City Hall (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday), Mayor Buddy Dyer will also be on hand. See for the rest of Harr’s schedule. Lisa Kristine and Mei Xian Qiu will be present at the opening of Motion to Light; Kristine also lectures at OMA at noon on Saturday.


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