Controlling Water - Installation view at Cookhouse - Chelsea College of Arts, London - 2020

We have a need to control water. 
The human evolution is totally attached to this skill.
Sometimes, we managed to do it brilliantly. 
But sometimes nature is stronger than us. The Sumerians weren’t as luck as the Egyptians, their two rivers were not as predictable as the Nile.
Sometimes, what we do to control water is what actually destroy us.
The Aral sea - a natural endorheic lake in between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan - was the 4th largest lake in the world but it basically dried up within 50 years, during which the Soviets diverged the rivers that fed in order to get water supply for their irrigation projects.
The Brumadinho Dam - a dam in the mineral rich area of centre Brazil, called Mina Gerais state - collapse during lunch time and killed over 270 people and had a profound impact of the agricultural and natural resource in the region. The disaster was due to inspection negligence. 
In an attempt to understand what is to physically control water, I created a painting installation by spraying a mix of water and white chalk power on black paper.
The research has had a lasting impact on my practice and I am now developing a new series.
Controlling Water - Installation
Controlling Water - Installation
Controlling Water - Aral Sea 1976-2014
Controlling Water - Aral Sea 1976-2014
Controlling Water - Brumadinho 2014-2019
Controlling Water - Brumadinho 2014-2019
Controlling Water - Chalk Map detail
Controlling Water - Chalk Map detail
Controlling Water - Chalk Map detail
Controlling Water - Chalk Map detail
Controlling Water - Aral Sea 1976-2014 (detail)
Controlling Water - Aral Sea 1976-2014 (detail)
Controlling Water - Brumadinho 2014-2019 (detail)
Controlling Water - Brumadinho 2014-2019 (detail)
Controlling Water - Brumadinho 2014-2019 (verso detail)
Controlling Water - Brumadinho 2014-2019 (verso detail)

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