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Murray Lloyd & Peter Evans – Oil & Water: Is Clean Water the New Oil?
May 30, 2015 @ 10:00 am - June 24, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Murray Lloyd – Lake Waihora Ellesmere, 2013
An exhibition from McNamara Gallery Photography as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography
Saturday 6 June Main Gallery
Forum with Mark Amery, Peter Evans and Paul McNamara 12.30pm
Official opening from 2pm
Oil & Water brings together two independent suites of work, Bodies of Water by Wellington artist Murray Lloyd, and Zealandia: Views from the Peak? by Auckland artist Peter Evans.
Together these 19 photographs highlight, within a New Zealand context, the vitally important international issue of available natural resources, posing the question: Is clean water the new oil?
Access to the sources of water yields immense economic and political power as it is essential to survival; there is no substitute. Water is a human right. Worldwide demand is growing, currently doubling roughly every twenty-one years. Many sources of water are drying up and there is not a clear strategy as to how to manage the supply. There are places all over the world which draw groundwater in a non-sustainable way. Are we getting to the point where clean water is the new oil?
This exhibition continues the environmental theme of McNamara Gallery’s Flora Photographica Aotearoa, an exhibition held at the Depot Artspace during the Auckland Festival of Photography 2014, which explored our co-dependence on the plant world.