“We stand witness to the most successful and enduring preservation of wildlife in all of Africa. This series of films, images and sounds take you deep inside the Wild Savage Beauty of Botswana from the Moremi Game Reserve to the remote Central Kalahari desert. This eight year labor of love will show you there are truly wild places left on our Mother Earth worth conserving for all generations.”
- Steve Lumpkin, cinematographer and photographer
WILD SAVAGE BEAUTY
March 1 - April 26, 2019
Opening Receptions on First Friday, March 1st,
11:30-1:00pm and 6:00-8:30pm
Free and open to the public
Habitat loss and poaching in Africa has fueled the rapid decline of wildlife in Africa. The statistics are staggering, and here in the Heartland, it may feel like a distant problem. To help advocate for change, KC artist Steve Lumpkin created a non-commercial, non-profit project to showcase the success Botswana’s conservation efforts.
This exhibit features photography, video and audio captured during many trips to remote game reserves in Botswana, Africa. As visitors view the images they will be transported to the Bush with audio recording of the African environment such as a lion’s roar, a hyena’s mournful call, and birds singing in the trees.
Botswana’s semi-desert and grasslands support a wide range of species and it is home to the world’s largest elephant population. Lumpkin captures intimate and exhilarating images of wild animals in their natural habitat. Elephants, cheetahs, wild dogs, zebras, and antelopes are captured in wild, savage and beautiful moments. His work also honors the landscape and supports ecotourism. His goal is to remind the public how important it is to conserve this irreplaceable habitat, protect endangered animals – and what could be lost.
About Steve Lumpkin
Steve Lumpkin is a Kansas City based cinematographer, photographer, the creator of Endless Treasures of Botswana. His ETB dream team includes Moses Ntema, Joster Malawake, Eddie Thabare and Bucks Taolo.
About The Box Gallery
The Box Gallery is 830 square feet of space designed for exhibitions by local artists, collectors, arts organizations, universities and businesses. Underwritten by Commerce Bank, the gallery’s mission is to serve a Downtown audience of residents, workers and visitors, with creative cultural art and history exhibitions that will enliven, enlighten and engage. The gallery is always free and open to the public Monday-Friday 8:00am- 8:00pm. Free parking validation is available at the security office.