The Source: Rethinking Water through Contemporary Art
Nadine Bariteau, Raymond Boisjoly, Elizabeth Chitty, Soheila Esfahani, Gautam Garoo, Patrick Mahon, Colin Miner, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Gu Xiong
Curated by Stuart Reid
May 23 to September 28, 2014
Water is the elemental source of life and holds important cultural and spiritual significance for all peoples. Although access to fresh water is an essential human right, the resource has become a valuable global commodity. Our era, marked by rapid climate change, destructive hydro-climactic weather events, loss of polar ice and rising global sea levels, is witness to shifting shorelines, borders, migration patterns and lines of economic and cultural exchange. In this exhibition, artists from a multitude of cultural backgrounds working in a diversity of media consider changing concepts of water and associated cultural, political and aesthetic implications. The Source, in part, reunites participants from Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds, an artist research group that investigated water as culture and resource during two intensive residencies beginning in May 2012. The exhibition and associated programs coincide with Congress 2014 of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Brock University entitled “Borders without Boundaries”.
Image: Gautam Garoo