Mekong: A River in Chains
Climate change and dams, the changing landscape of the Mekong River
Entrance to the opening is free and open to the public.
The Mekong River flows for 4,000 kilometres from the narrow gullies in Tibet to the vast delta in Vietnam, providing water for 60 million people and thousands of aquatic species, many of which are protected. Today 39 mega dams are being built on its banks, often without any environmental impact studies having been carried out.
Ruom Collective, along with the Watergrabbing Project, has documented the challenges faced by local communities along the Mekong River. In the same way as land grabbing, to which it is closely linked, water grabbing describes a situation when a powerful player (government, corporation or authority) takes control of a piece of land in order to deviate valuable water resources for its own benefit, effectively stealing them from the local communities or entire countries, whose subsistence is based on these very resources and the ecosystems themselves.
The exhibition will feature work by two photographers: Nicolas Axelrod
and Thomas Cristofoletti
, along with text, maps and infographics by Emanuele Bompan
Nicolas and Thomas will be attending the opening.
These two photographers traveled across Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, documenting the lives of the people who call this mighty river home.
The works on show aim to illustrate the consequences of these giants on the environment, people and the safety of food and the economy in an entire region.
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