‘The dikes are safe, but not safe enough,’ wrote NRC Next newspaper on 31 July 2014 in response to the Delta Programme that was presented on Prinsjesdag (budget day). ‘Safe, but not safe enough’ is exemplary of the Dutch attitude to water management and water quality. We are well prepared, proud of our expertise and thus rarely think critically about the potential dangers. But we should do so more often, if we are to believe the experts of the Delta Committee. All the more reason to come to Power of Water.
Power of Water presents small facts about our own water usage presented by Anne Geene and Brian Voermans to the epic global water usage of Edward Burtynsky; as well as water mismanagement in China by Benoit Aquin and the major and minor disputes around five cross-border rivers by Disputed Waters. From the Dutch waterworks at night, when we are at our most vulnerable, by Marie-José Jongerius, to the poetic underwater world in Zeeland by Elspeth Diederix. From the endangered Mississippi Delta and European coast portrayed by Kael Alford and Carl de Keyzer respectively, to water scarcity in Israel by Jan Rosseel and the influence of water on the Dutch psyche by Niels Stomps. Inside at FOTODOK and outside at Domplein, they all challenge us to think differently about water.
Opening 7 September & Public Programme
Power of Water will open at 1pm on Sunday 7 September during the Utrechtse Uitfeest. Visit the exhibition, try a tasty How-Much-Water-Do-I-Eat Lunch from Troost&Proost and tap a glass of water at Join-the-Pipe. Children are welcome at the special Waterspaarders (Water Savers) workshop, where they can design a label for a shampoo label encouraging parents, siblings and other family members to use less water in the shower.
During the exhibition period from 7 September to 26 October, FOTODOK will also organise the following public programme:
• Day of Photography on Saturday 13 September in collaboration with Fotobond and UCK. For full program and registration see www.fotodok.org
• A special release of Burtynsky’s film Watermark in collaboration with ’t Hoogt cinema and Cineart on Sunday 14 September at 5.15 pm.
• A mini-conference on Sunday 19 October as part of the launch of The Edges of the Experiment by photographer Marie-Jose Jongerius and designer Hans Gremmen. The book explores the malleability of the American landscape and the important role water management plays in it. With Jongerius and Gremmen and guests, preceded by a reading from Canadian photographer Benoit Aquin.
• A workshop for children in the autumn half-term holiday.
Power of Water was developed in collaboration with MiaP Foundation.
The project is generously supported by Cineart; Fonds Fentener-Van Vlissingen; Gemeente Utrecht; Grafisch Lyceum Utrecht; Join-the-Pipe; Kf Hein Fonds; MiaP Foundation; Outset; Prins Bernhard Cultuurfond Utrecht; ’t Hoogt; Vewin; X11: school for graphic arts and Water Savers.
FOTODOK has said goodbye to long-time FOTODOK-er and business leader Bart Sleegers. We can’t thank him enough for his dedication, composure and professionalism over the years. His contribution has helped to make FOTODOK what it is today – something he can be extremely proud of. We wish him well in his future work.
The FOTODOK team is currently being supported by interim financial director Rob van Doggenaar. He will pass the baton to FOTODOK’s new financial director Hans van Rijsbergen in September. Hans will introduce himself in the next FOTODOK newsletter and we are looking forward to his arrival.