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Water, art & activism

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"A healthy river ecosystem is not a luxury but a necessity." Parineeta Dandekar.

"I don’t wish to take that position of activist, as I am not. But I do wish to express my concerns through my practice." Vibha Galhotra

Healthy river systems are under constant threat from pollution, climate change and human activities. What is the role of activism when it comes to water and river management? Can artists address these issues in their work in ways that add to both the conversation and the momentum for change?

Join us for an illuminating discussion on these issues at RMIT Gallery with renowned US-based activist Parineeta Dandekar, and Vibha Galhotra, a New Dehli based conceptual artist.

Dandekar recently received the Vasundhara Mitra award in the activist category for her work in river management, river rejuvenation and river conservation. Dandekar, who says that rivers bind people together, works towards highlighting the positive impacts of community-led water management, river management and river rejuvenation initiatives across the state and the country.

“To strive to achieve water policy making in a just manner and ensuring constructive governance is crucial. You need to get into the messy realm of things to bring about a constructive change. The water-river discourse in the country is otherwise very worrying and river restoration ways are very scary,” she said. (Sakal Times, Feb 12, 2018).

Galhotra's large-scale sculptures address the shifting topography of the world under the impact of globalization and growth. Galhotra's film Manthan, featured in the water+wisdom Australia India exhibition at RMIT Gallery, explores the implications of industrial pollution on water sources and communities.

She has shown extensively in India and internationally, including at the Colombo Art Biennale, Sri Lanka; San Jose Museum of Art, U.S.A.; Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, China; Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Kazakhstan; Gut Gasteil, Austria; Europos Parkas, Lithuania and Max Mueller Bhavan, India.

Caption: Vibha Galhotra, River Map, 2016, Glass and bugle beads, cable, silver wire. Installation image, Mark Ashkanasy, RMIT Gallery 2017.





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