Power of WaterOpening September 7th

Power of Water presents work by Kael Alford (USA), Benoit Aquin (CAN), Edward Burtynsky (CAN), Elspeth Diederix (NL), Anne Geene (NL), Marie-José Jongerius (NL), Carl de Keyzer (BE), Disputed Waters (o.a. Johannes Abeling en Ronald de Hommel), Jan Rosseel (BE), Niels Stomps (NL) en Brian Voermans (NL).

Power of Water includes (new) work by (inter)national photographers that explores the importance of water. Too salty, too dirty, too scarce, too abundant, threatening, cultivated, megalomaniacal, poetic, basic right or privilege, who does water ultimately belong to? And what if it runs out? There are a number of pressing water issues that can affect us personally, although in the Netherlands we generally assume that our water supply is guaranteed. The Power of Water series shows that water is vital to life and transcends national borders.
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.