AQUA – A WORLDWIDE TRAVELING EXHIBITION
Ile Rousseau, and Château de Penthes, Geneva
Opening on World Water Day, 22 March – 2 July 2017
AQUA is a worldwide traveling exhibition on water issues conceived by Adelina von Fürstenberg, Founder and Director of ART for The World. The AQUA project centers on environmental issues related to water, using a selection of works by contemporary artists as a tool for reflecting on the role that this vital resource plays in our lives. Water is an essential part of all natural ecosystems and lies at the origin of every known form of life, including our own. Moreover, it is crucial to agriculture and industry. Since the dawn of history, humanity has recognized water’s consummate importance, identifying it as one of the building blocks of the universe, endowed with a profound symbolic and spiritual value. Composed of paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, photographs and performances of numerous internationally renowned artists. AQUA’s aim is to bring public awareness to the issues on the preservation of our environment and sustainability, in particular to issues linked to water and the impact of human activity on the equilibrium of our ecosystems.
AQUA will premiere in Geneva, Switzerland, on World Water Day, 22 March 2017 in two venues across Geneva- at the museum of the Château de Penthes, and on Rousseau Island in the heart of Geneva. The exhibition has been prepared in partnership with UN Water, and Geneva Water Hub and with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, The City and Canton of Geneva, Fondation pour Genève, CBH Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique SA, and Fondation Migros.
AQUA aims to raise public awareness of the notion of interdependence, essential to the conservation of our environment and to the future of our planet, with the participation of 30 some artists coming from different parts of the world with varied backgrounds, working in a wide spectrum of mediums including painting, sculpture, video-art, installation, photography, and performance on topics linked to the environment, biodiversity and the ecosystem, climate change as well as the preservation of water resources. These reflections are linked to supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular to goals Number 6 (sustainable management of water) and Number 15 (protecting and promoting ecosystems and biodiversity).
Date(s) - 22/03/2017 - 02/07/2017
Château de Penthes
Chemin de l'Impératrice, 18