Nelson Hancock Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of color photographs by Raul Gutierrez from the series Travels without Maps. Over the course of fifteen years Gutierrez has been visiting and documenting life in the territories on both sides of China’s Western borders. This remote frontier is a region laced with contested geographies, with religious and cultural legacies confronting powerful economic and political transformations. The subjects, whether they are students in a nomad school, a young couple posing in a rural photo studio, or a Muslim goatherd on the road, offer intimate views of individual lives as well as poetic symbols of broader cultural transition. Each photograph is a record of a world being erased by modernity.