I am Water - New York City 2021
I AM WATER is a public art exhibition organized by Our Humanity Matters and ecoartspace in collaboration with SaveArtSpace. The exhibition consists of a series of billboards sited in New York City that will address our relationship to water and our human understanding that we are water.
Water is the origin of life with the innate purpose to continue creation. In water, we see that everything is connected and interrelated. Everything is liquid before it becomes solid. Humans, who are mostly water, depend on it to protect our DNA and for our basic survival. Water is not a resource but an essential connection to life. The one-sidedness of modern consciousness and our disconnect from nature increasingly subjects water to pollution. If we do not change our behavior, we will run out of water.
We humans cannot be healthy if our waters are not healthy. This exhibition is an opportunity to show water’s mystery and importance and to help reestablish, on a deep cellular level, the intimate relationship with water that we have lost in modern life.
The I AM WATER selected artists are Basia Irland and Derek Irland, Ellen Jantzen, Ellen Kozak, Helen Glazer, Hillary Johnson, Holly Fay, Joan Perlman, Lisette Morales, Maria Whiteman, Margaret LeJeune and Hanien Conradie, and Danielle Siegelbaum.
Exhibition Curator: Patricia Watts, founder of ecoartspace.
Production Curator: Tanja Andrejasic Wechsler, founder of Our Humanity Matters.
During the week of June 21, 2021, SaveArtSpace will launch public art installations for each selected work on billboard ad spaces in New York City. The public art will be on view for at least one month.
Margaret LeJeune and Hanien Conradie still from the video, Dart
Location: Grand St & Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
This film documents Conradie writing poetry on the surface of the River Dart in Southwest England. Exploring notions of communal and ancestral pain as well as the power of the landscape to transform and heal, Dart weaves together drone footage of a watery ritual with Afrikaans and English audio recordings.
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