‘Troubling Waterscapes’ goes live and invites contributions

Online exhibition, part of the POLLEN 2020 unconferencing stream, goes live and invites conference attendees to think with us about troubling human and more-than-human water relations.

About the exhibition

As part of the POLLEN 2020 unconferencing stream, Troubling Waterscapes is an exploration into the possibilities of troubling dominant representations and experiences of water. It is an invitation to think with us through different perspectives upon water and its socionatural relations in India and elsewhere. In particular, we want to make visible the invisible and the not-so-visible ways in which water flows and is experienced.

Presenting a ‘troubled waterscape’ through a patchwork of counter-maps and different mediums of visual expression, this exhibition takes the audience on a journey through different ‘worldings’, ways of being with, understanding, knowing and feeling water. The journey begins with, and is woven throughout, with Irene’s ethnographic engagements in the village of Pravah*, in Maharashtra, India.

As artists, activists and scholars from India, Italy and the UK, we are motivated to explore and provide space to different modes and methods of narrating water, challenging conventional academic forms of narration, and in doing so, explore different ways to engage with questions of power and interdependency in water relations.  Through our enquiry and conversations, we want to engage with multiple senses, think from situated and embodied positions, and reflect together about troubling questions that affect people, water and places unevenly.

How to reflect with us

If you find synergies with or ways to critically build upon this piece, please narrate your idea using any mode of representation. This could include poetry, photography, film, animation, story, theory, drawing, painting, music…or another mode we haven’t thought of. For clarity and continuity in the piece we would ask that your narration or mapping thinks with the core themes of the exhibition:

  • questions of power and interdependency in human and more-than-human water relations
  • water’s invisibility, precarity and commodification
  • water practices and experiences in everyday life

The following steps outline the process of collaboration:

Step 1: email your reflection to us at enid.still@uni-passau.de, along with a short bio and written description of piece (if you think necessary)

Step 2: we will get in touch with any questions about the piece

Step 3: Your reflection will be added to the Reflect with us page, along with information about you and your artistic/research/activist interests, and will go live immediately (although edits can still be made)


For further information and inquiries please contact enid.still@uni-passau.de

Exhibition will be online and open for contributions from 12th to 25th September 2020: Visit the exhibition

*All names of people and places have been pseudonymised to protect the identity of the research participants