What do you do if you find yourself surrounded by water? If your street, home, belongings, yourself and your loved ones are literally no longer to keep your heads above
What do you do if you find yourself surrounded by water? If your street, home, belongings, yourself and your loved ones are literally no longer to keep your heads above water? This is the key question in two multimedia installations that may not initially strike a chord, but which do actually concern us all if we bother to stop and think. Where will we go? was created by photo journalist Kadir van Lohuizen, and The Waterland by photographer and social designer Hugo Schuitemaker.
The celebrated photo journalist Kadir van Lohuizen is interested in the more obscure events that take place in the world he has been following keenly for many years. Over the past twenty years, his lens has captured conflicts in Africa, refugees in Afghanistan and life on and alongside the world’s seven major rivers. For his latest project Where will we go?, Van Lohuizen visited a diverse range of places with one thing in common: they are all under threat from the humanitarian consequences of the rising sea level. Kiribati, Fiji, the Carteret Islands in Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, the coastline of Guna Yala in Panama, Yorkshire and Miami.
Van Lohuizen portrayed and interviewed families, some of whom remained in the affected areas while other family members moved to safer ground. People tend to forget that the damage has been done long before the areas actually flood. High river levels have already made the soil infertile and polluted the drinking water.
Here a few of his worrying predictions: Kiribati will eventually need to relocate its entire population; built on limestone, Miami will need to be evacuated by 2060; fifty million people in Bangladesh will need to move from the delta region by 2050, although nobody currently knows where to. “And it will be Amsterdam’s turn in another two hundred years,” says Van Lohuizen.
Photographer Hugo Schuitemaker brought the latter Doomsday scenario into the present day for his project The Waterland: he compiled a newspaper reporting a fictive flood disaster in 2016, quoting the stories of some of the victims. Real people show how floods here would affect their lives. The stories in the newspaper are interspersed with an illustrated reconstruction of the flood. The Waterland has been distributed house-to-house in the ‘disaster area’. Hugo Schuitemaker made an installation based on his newspaper for the exhibition in Het Nutshuis.
Nutshuis-programs in the context of Where will we go?
- Fri. 7 sep: TransitieCinema
- Sat. 8 sep (11.00-16.00 hrs), Fri. 28 sep (19.00-23.00 hrs), Sat. 6 okt (13.00-16.00 hrs.), Sat. 20 okt (13.00-16.00 hrs): ‘office hours’ with Hugo Schuitemaker. Find out on the basis of your address what the consequences of a flood might be for you.
- Sat. 22 sep: Talk ‘Climate Refugees and Clean Energy’
- Fri. 28 sep: Hoogtij
friday 07 september 11:00 - monday 17 september 16:00