Curry vs. Mole
A charismatic look at the people of India and Mexico
Photo exhibit by Lesley Marino & Wade Vroom
August 2 - 31, 2007

Linux Caffe - 326 Harbord St., Toronto
Opening night Aug 2, 2007
7pm ‘til close

Please note: 5x7 cards and framed/unframed prints are still available! Contact me for details...


Wade Vroom
is a Toronto-based photographer who recently visited Mexico with his camera and a few of his favourite CDs. During his travels through Mexico City, Puebla and Pureto Escondido, he randomly approached Mexican citizens on the street and asked them “Una foto por favor?” When they nodded in agreement, Wade quickly handed them a CD cover from his collection and took their picture. This exhibit examines how Mexican citizens react when handed a strange piece of paper, with no instructions, right before they get their picture taken by a Canadian photographer.
    In late 2005, Lesley Marino travelled to Calcutta and Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. While in Calcutta, Lesley was drawn to sacred places and events, photographing the devout at the bathing ghats under the Howrah Bridge and at the Kali temple of Dakshineswar. In the tranquil hills of Darjeeling, Lesley spent her time photographing people at the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre and wandering from one gompa (Tibetan Buddhist monastery) to another.

    Our Charities
A portion of the sale of each print goes to Frontier College. Frontier College is a literacy organization that works with adults, youth and children who have little or no access to other educational opportunities or who need extra support to succeed. Part of their programming is to support Mexican migrant workers who come to Canada every year to work on farms throughout Ontario. As part of their Labourer-Teacher program, Frontier College places volunteer workers on farms each summer to teach English and to help the Mexican workers in their day-to-day activities. Every year about 15 000 migrant workers legally come to Canada from Mexico to plant and harvest the food we eat. Everything from tobacco, tomatoes, and tulips are tended to by these workers who have very poor to no English literacy skills. By learning English, these workers are able to empower themselves by confidently going to the grocery store, talking to doctors and communicating with their farm bosses. Wade was a labourer-teacher in 2005.

    Proceeds from the sale of prints will go to the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. The Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre was established in 1959 after the Chinese invaded Tibet, causing many to flee and live in exile. The Centre focuses on training refugees to provide them useful and marketable skills in the production and sale of traditional handicrafts, with the wider goal of passing these skills on to future generations to ensure the survival of their culture. This self-help philosophy is the most effective way of economic, social, cultural and spiritual rehabilitation. The Centre also provides free housing, food, medical care and clothing to many orphaned, elderly and infirm refugees as well as a variety of adult education classes.