Water No Get Enemy

A visual exploration of humanity's relationship with water.

African Artists' Foundation

The Zionists (series) (2010) by Mario MarcilauOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

Documenting water through a cultural exchange

To explore the theme of water, the African Artists Foundation embarked on a cultural exchange with the Netherlands. Both countries are deltas with a high population density and therefore share water management problems at the core of our agendas. The exchange aimed to generate a consciousness on water, with regards to its usage, availability, supply, potential threats, and paradoxical scarcity in a world that consists of 75% water. Here are the photographers responses. 

Water No Get Enemy (2011) by Nana Kofi AcquachOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

'Water No Get Enemy' by Nana Kofi Acquah

Photographer Nana Kofi Acquah’s water postcards give us hope, indeed, all is not lost. “Water No Get Enemy” is a colloquial term that translates to 'Water has no enemy.' Nana Kofi Acquah is a Ghanaian journalist, photographer, poet, painter, blogger and activist known for championing women's rights in Africa; and also influencing and challenging perceptions on Africa mainly through photography. Nana is part of Everyday Africa, an Instagram feed that delivers fresh, insightful images daily that counter the crippling stereotypes that have long defined an entire continent’s image from the outside.

Water No Get Enemy (2011) by Nana Kofi AcquachOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

Water No Get Enemy (2011) by Nana Kofi AcquachOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

Water No Get Enemy (2011) by Nana Kofi AcquachOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

Under Siege (2011) by Chinenye Godsproperty JohnOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

'Under Siege' by Chinenye John

Chinenye John’s documentary style images reveal the paradoxical problems with plastic water bottles and their disposal in our drainage systems and environment.

Under Siege (2011) by Chinenye Godsproperty JohnOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

The Zionists (series) (2010) by Mario MarcilauOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

'The Zionists' by Mário Macilau

The Zionists is a strong visual narrative on rituals associated with water and prayers offered to God. Mário Macilau (b. 1984, Mozambique, lives and works in Maputo) is a multi-disciplinary artist most known for his photography. Macilau specialises in long-term photography projects and series that address the complex realities of human labour and environmental conditions. Macilau started his journey as a photographer in 2003 from the streets of Maputo, becoming professional when he traded his mother's cell phone for his first camera in 2007"

The Zionists (series) (2010) by Mario MarcilauOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

The Zionists (series) (2010) by Mario MarcilauOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

The Zionists (series) (2010) by Mario MarcilauOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

The Zionists (series) (2010) by Mario MarcilauOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

The Zionists (series) (2010) by Mario MarcilauOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

A Million Shillings (2011) by Alixandra FazzinaOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

'A million Shillings' by Alixandra Fazzina

The series 'A million Shillings' by British photojournalist Alixandra Fazzina is a rather sombre reminder of the dangers of the perilous ocean journeys African migrants navigate in an effort to reach Europe for what they are convinced is a better life.

A Million Shillings (2011) by Alixandra FazzinaOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

A Million Shillings (2011) by Alixandra FazzinaOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

A Million Shillings (2011) by Alixandra FazzinaOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

Same Country: Abundance To Scarcity (2011) by Olayinka SangotoyeOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

'Same Country: Abundance To Scarcity' by Olayinka Sangotoye

Olayinka Sangotoye’s images of posed swimmers showcase some of our potential for tourism. Olayinka is both a conceptual and documentary photographer. He expresses his feelings through graphic design, paintings, sculpture, ceramics and installation. One of his outstanding awards in the art scene is the National Art Competition which he won twice, in 2009 and 2011 using photography as a medium. Also an award winner of the Life in my City National Award, he has participated twice in Lagosphoto Festival and other notable exhibitions and reputable art auctions. 

Same Country: Abundance To Scarcity (2011) by Olayinka SangotoyeOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

Credits: Story

Director:
Azu Nwagbogu

Curatorial Direction:
Philip Fagbeyiro

Curatorial Text/Editor:
Philip Fagbeyiro

Artists:
Olayinka Sangotoye
Mario Marcilau
Alixandra Fazzina
Nana Kofi Acquah

Credits: All media
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