In Indigenous cosmogonies of the Americas, all bodies of waters are connected. Rivers are the veins of the planet, their waters combine communities and ecosystems. Reviving this systemic relationship, changing our relationship with water from a exploitable resource to a living entity and common good to be collectively managed, lies at the heart of Be Dammed, the long-term project by Colombian artist Carolina Caycedo, launched in 2012. Travelling through Colombia, Brazil, Guatemala and Mexico, the artist explores the challenges posed by the ever-increasing number of dams, access to water and its pollution, as well as culture and traditions linked to water ; bearing witness to his research through installations, sculptures, textiles, performances, and videos.
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