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Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams / Fran Antmann

February 2018

© Fran Antmann

Fran will screen images from, and talk about, her first book, Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams. Signed copies will be available for sale along with a free copy of her catalog Arctic/Andes ( NY Foundation for the Arts). 

 

Maya Healers, recently published by Nirala Press, explores the power and mystery of indigenous healing practices among the Maya people of Guatemala.

Over ten years’ time, Antmann photographed the indigenous healers, bone setters, and shamans struggling to keep traditional practices alive in the aftermath of Guatemala's devastating civil war. Drawing on dreams, intuition and ancient traditions, they heal the sick surrounded by family and friends. Thirty years ago, such ceremonies would have triggered a brutal repression. Now they are part of a proud resurgent Maya identity.

“Extraordinary . . . Antmann’s camera captures the pain of those who suffer but most of all she captures their strong faith, through images and words, too . . . Fran Antmann creates a seamless narrative, where words echo images and images echo words.”

~ Roslyn Bernstein, Arts & Culture contributor, The Huffington Post

FRAN ANTMANN is a documentary photographer, writer, and professor of photography at Baruch College, CUNY where she is also photo editor of the award winning online publication “Dollars and Sense.”

 

Her photographic work has focused on the lives and culture of the indigenous people of Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, the Dene First Nation people of the Western Canadian Arctic and the Inuit of Baffin Island, Canada. As a Fulbright scholar, she lived in the Peruvian Andes researching and recovering the work of the Peruvian photographer Sebastian Rodriguez and pursuing her own photographic project of the same town and people.

Her photographs are in the collections of ICP; the Brooklyn Museum; the Haverford College Collection; The Museum of Photographic Arts, Denmark, and various private collections.

 

She has received grants from many foundations including Ford Foundation, Agfa Corporation, the Social Science Research Council, the Puffin Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Foundation. She was awarded five New York State Foundation for the Arts fellowships in both Photography and Non-Fiction Literature. She held artist’s residencies at the Blue Mountain Center and at Yaddo.