Lisa Wiltse

Bolivian Mennonites

May 15, 2012 – July 22, 2012

Artist's Reception
Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Lisa and Anna Van Lenten, co-curator of The Half King photography series,
will moderate a slideshow and discussion of Lisa's Mennonites work. 

"When I visited the Mennonites of Manitoba, Bolivia, a tension pervaded the colony, although life was as it had been for centuries. Roughly 150 kilometers northeast of Santa Cruz, the colony’s 2,000 residents owe their prosperity to strict social discipline and traditions closely guarded against outside influences. Modern conveniences are avoided. Children study only High German, math, and religion. Around puberty, they leave to join their fathers in the fields and factories, or their mothers at home and hearth. Other forms of work are forbidden to women, who speak Low German and are discouraged from learning Spanish--unlike men, who travel to Santa Cruz for trade. Over the course of my stay, I would discover how their social mores bound them to silence just when speaking out was most needed."

~ Lisa Wiltse


The Half King Photography Series is dedicated to showing exceptional documentary photography and film. In tandem with its reading series, The Half King fosters a dialog between photographers and writers that underscores the importance of their unique relationship. Co-curating its photography series are James Price, Photo Editor at Newsweek, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.



The Half King photography series is curated by James Price and Anna Van Lenten

Previous exhibitions at The Half King