Dead Water

© Maria das Graças da Silva, Delcilene Gomes da Silva, and Marilene Ribeiro

This exhibition is part of the Official Section of the PHotoESPAÑA 2021 Festival.

Human intervention on nature and the effects on the individual are the central axis of this winning project of Discoveries PHotoESPAÑA 2020.

Agua Muerta is a joint project between the protagonists of the images – anonymously affected by civil works in regions of Brazil – and the photographer who dismantles the myths of hydroelectricity as a “sustainable and green” energy source.

Dead water by the photographer Marilene Ribeiro is the winning project of the last call for Discoveries PHotoESPAÑA. Year after year, PHotoESPAÑA selects the best portfolio from among all those that are presented to the viewings; the award consists of an individual exhibition during the next edition of the festival. On this occasion, Casa de América is the headquarters that hosts the winning project of Discoveries PHotoESPAÑA 2020.

Through this exhibition, Marilene Ribeiro enters in the lights and shadows of hydroelectric power, from the perspective of the inhabitants of areas affected by major civil works. The work talks about the lives of those families on the banks that have been affected by the construction of dams for hydroelectric purposes in three different regions of Brazil.

Dead water flows between two rivers, that of the material and that of the intangible – beauty, identity, memory, the transcendental. Both rivers converge within the space of this work: the meeting area, the territory where exchanges between subjects and photography take place. The project includes a series of “co-created” portraits between the photographer and the protagonists of the stories collected in the exhibition, as well as a compilation of images of their material losses due to this phenomenon.

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