The exhibition showcasing photography and poems from the project “Reconnecting with Out Lifeblood” opened on 13th November 2020.
The photos and poetry told layers of stories about the livelihood of people living along the Tigris River and it’s tributaries from North of Iraq to the South. The photos told stories of lives intricately connected with the rivers and Iraqi marshes and explored some of the destruction from pollution, sewage, overfishing and unsustainable oil production.
The opening was a successful day with strict measures to avoid any possible spread of COVID-19, and was well attended.
We hope that the exhibition will inspire people to look differently at the rivers in Iraq as well as the people and ecosystems who rely on them for survival. We hope that by looking at them differently more individuals and organizations will take steps to protect the rivers such as: disposing of waste responsibly, refraining from over fishing and advocating with governments to cease the building of dams along the rivers.
The exhibition will continue until 23rd of November, open everyday from 9am to 5pm.
Special thank you to, Vim Foundation, Metrography Agency, Humat al-Dijlah and Spotlight for making this exhibition possible.
Waterkeepers Iraq Kurdistan team.