DARK TO LIGHT:
FROM CONFLICT TO COFFEE
A weeklong exhibit and series of events at the A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, Massachusetts – May 15 – 19, 2018
In Dark to Light: From Conflict to Coffee, Stephen Petegorsky travels with the Polus Center to Colombia, Nicaragua and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, photographing coffee farmers and their communities that have been impacted by armed conflict.
Landmines and explosive remnants of war afflict ten of the top coffee-producing countries in the world. Around the world, communities of coffee workers and their families experience the devastation of landmines and other explosives on a daily basis. The Polus Center works with local partners to identify individual coffee producers who have survived a landmine or unexploded ordnance accident in order to support their physical rehabilitation and economic integration. The Coffeelands Trust is a fund established to improve their coffee farms, to help with food security, or for essential rehabilitation services. The fund also pays for artificial limbs, physical therapy, vocational training, small business grants, and other related services that have a direct and lasting impact on improving the lives of coffee farmers and their families.
Stephen Petegorsky is an artist and freelance photographer based in Florence, Massachusetts. His work has been exhibited internationally, and is in collections throughout this country as well as in Europe. He graduated from Amherst College, and later received an M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. He has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Connecticut. He has worked with the Polus Center since 1998.
The Polus Center for Social & Economic Development, Inc. is a Massachusetts-based non-profit with more than 35 years of experience designing human service programs and promoting new opportunities for people with disabilities and victims of conflict in the United States and around the world.
This exhibition is part of a weeklong series of events celebrating the Polus Center’s 20 years of international work with victims of conflict. The images highlight our work with landmine survivors in and around coffee growing regions, and include photographs by Stephen Petegorsky and paintings by Greg Stone. Visit the exhibition home page
On Friday, May 18, come and join us for an evening of lively music and these powerful images from the Coffeelands as we share stories of people and communities that continue to inspire us. Meet photographer Stephen Petegorsky and share Latin American fare from Spoleto of Northampton.