Photo Exhibition presented by Ruom Collective -
Mekong: A River in Chains
Featuring the photographs of Nicolas Axelrod and Thomas Cristofoletti, both who will be in attendance.
Open event: Friday, 20 April 2018, 7pm, Entrance free
The exhibition "Mekong: a river in chains", is a collection of photographs, videos and maps warning of the effects of the planned construction of thirty-nine mega-dams along one of Southeast Asia’s most important rivers.
None of these constructions have been carried out with a prior independent environmental impact assessment - the exhibition tells of the impact of these omissions on the environment, on people, and on food security in the entire region.
“A river in chains” is an incisive and touching testimony created by the photographers of the Ruom Collective, Thomas Cristofoletti and Nicolas Axelrod, together with journalist Emanuele Bompan and researcher Marirosa Iannelli, of the Water Grabbing Observatory.
The Mekong ("Mother of Water" in Laotian) is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia. The river runs for 4 thousand kilometres between the narrow gorges of Tibet through the mountains of Burma and Laos, taking force through the plains of Thailand and Cambodia, to flow into the immense delta in Vietnam and into the South China Sea. In its waters live 1000s of species of fish, which are integral in feeding over 60 million people. Stories and traditions tell of a harmony between the people of Indochina and the Mother of Water.
Today, thirty-nine mega-dams have been planned along the river by riparian states. Colossal power plants, some already under construction, could fragment natural environments and have significant impacts throughout the region. Eleven dams have been scheduled in the Laotian-Cambodian section alone, built by Thai, Malay, Chinese and Vietnamese companies. Laos, the poorest of the states in the region, has declared that its goal is to become the "battery of Southeast Asia”.
Directions to the FCCT:
Chidlom BTS (Exit 2), walk into Maneeya Center past Yamaha, down a flight of stairs, go left & around to back set of elevators, up to floor P (Penthouse).