PhoPa presents ‘Circo El Salvador’

Nov 12, 2013
Photo by: Steven Laxton Photodocumentarian Steven Laxton’s “Circo El Salvador” explores the life and work of six traveling family circuses.

Portland — Rockport-based Maine Media Workshops + College will present photographer Steven Laxton’s “Circo El Salvador,” a documentary series focused on the nomadic circus families of El Salvador, at PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington Ave. A panel discussion will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 5 p.m., immediately followed by a 5 to 8 p.m. opening reception with light refreshments.

The opening day’s events are presented in partnership with the Circus Conservatory of America and are free to the public. The series depicts six nomadic circuses, each consisting of families of four to six people. Laxton’s images not only capture the vibrancy of the performances, but also provide an intimate view of the families off stage.

Laxton is the 2012 Arnold Newman Prize recipient for his “Circo El Salvador” series. Born in rural Australia and currently based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Laxton has worked with photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Platon and Steven Meisel. He is known internationally for his evocative photo essays and portraits, most recently featured in AI-AP American Photography 29.

The panel discussion will address the topic of Cross-Cultural Perspectives of the Traveling Circus and feature Laxton; Eda Cufer, dramaturg and MECA Assistant Professor; Rob Mermin, Circus Smirkus founder; and Kathryn Syssoyeva, Bowdoin College Visiting Assistant Professor. Peter Nielsen, founding president of the Circus Conservatory of America, will moderate the panel.

The show will run through Dec. 28. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. PhoPa Gallery is a 501©3 nonprofit collaboration of photographer Jon Edwards, independent curator Bruce Brown and Maine Media Workshops + College. For more information, visit

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Posted by: Jane Richardson | Nov 15, 2013 09:11

Friday, November 15th | Artist Talk | 4:00 - 5:00 pm | Closing Reception | 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Maine Media Gallery | 18 Central Street |  Rockport

Please join us for an artist talk presented by Steven Laxton, followed by a closing reception of his exhibition Circo El Salvador, on display in the Maine Media Gallery from October 3rd - November 16th. See our Gallery page for more information regarding the exhibition.

No fee, open to public.

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