No Life without Water (Kein Leben ohne Wasser) – Official Opening of the Exhibit at the Berlin WaterGallery on World Water Day – Berlin, Germany – March 22, 2012

On March 22, 2012 the exhibit No Life without Water (Kein Leben ohne Wasser) was officially opened at the Berlin WaterGallery (Berliner WasserGalerie), in celebration of World Water Day.

The exhibit, curated by Adelheid Graf, explores the essentiality of water and the relationship between water and life.  It features a variety of media, including collage, glass, installation, painting, photography, video and woodblock printing, created by eight artists:  a Columbian painter who currently lives in the United States; an Indian painter who teaches Hinduism at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main; a Vietnamese ceramicist, installation artist, painter and sculptor who lives in Heidelberg; and five German artists.

The press spokesperson for the Berlin Waterworks, which manages and owns the Berliner Watergalerie, the exhibit curator and the cultural attaché of the Indian Embassy in Berlin spoke at the official opening.  The curator introduced the artists and their work, explaining how each artist has for some time explored water in a variety of contexts and media.  The cultural attaché of the Indian Embassy spoke about the essentiality of water, noting references to water in Hindu religious writings as well as the Bible.

Geoffrey Mazullo, Principal, Emerging Markets ESG, attended the official opening of the exhibit.

One of the German artists, a photographer, designed the exhibit poster, left (©Monika Frei-Herrmann).  Another German artist is also a herbalist and localnivore, who teaches cooking with local herbs and plants.  Other German artists explore water and movement, in installation, print and video.  The Indian artist paints deities, Indian and other, often in relation to water and other elements.  The Vietnamese artist designed the sculpture for the One World Award, which promotes fair and sustainable development; recognizes contribution to and engagement in environmental protection as well as fair living conditions; and promotes involvement in sustainable as well as peaceful development.

Detailed information about each of the artists may be found on the internet site of Galerie Graf, the gallery of the curator in Heidelberg.

The exhibit will run until May 3, 2012.

For more information about the exhibit, including the opening hours, please visit the internet site of the Berliner WasserGalerie.