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Kyrgyzstan: Along The Great Silk Road

KYRGYZSTAN: ALONG THE GREAT SILK ROAD, an exhibition of work by internationally known photographer Adam Jahiel, will open at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery on Friday, October 5, 2012, with a reception from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The exhibition will feature approximately 40 photographs of the landscape and people of the mountain communities of Kyrgyzstan, located in central Asia.

A sneak preview of the show will take place on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Sagebrush Community Art Center in the Historic Train Depot in Sheridan, Wyoming. Jahiel will be present to discuss his work, along with Samuel Western, who accompanied Jahiel in Kyrgyzstan and has written the exhibition essay. KYRGYZSTAN:  ALONG THE GREAT SILK ROAD will be on view at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery through December 31, 2012.  Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“Kyrgyzstan lies halfway around the globe from the American West, yet much of this world seems strangely familiar,” says Jahiel. “The landscape, light, color and texture of this horse-based culture seems to have much in common with the horse culture in the American West. The photographs in this collection are my impressions and visual 'notes' of my wanderings.” Western says that the goal of the Kyrgyzstan trip, which was supported by Vista 360, an organization based in Jackson, WY, “was to give the world a lens on one of the least-known countries on the planet.”  

Adam Jahiel was born in 1956 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Widely known for his photography of the American cowboy, his work has taken him all over the world. In 1996, he became the first living photographer to have a one-man show at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. His photographs are in the collections of the Nevada Art Museum in Reno, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Joslyn Museum in Omaha, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and many others. He lives in Story, Wyoming. Samuel Western, a writer and poet, lives in Sheridan and was a Writer-in-Residence at Ucross in 1994.