Creating change [10-12]
Sant Khalsa – Western Waters, photography (gelatin-silver prints), 2000-2002
This series of photographs addresses the commodification of nature, water as a consumer product, and human desire – a never-ending thirst. It shows retail water shops in the south west of the United States.
As the impacts of climate change increase, the amount of fresh water available in many parts of the world is likely to decrease. "My conceptual project examines the current absurdity of these enterprises – fabricated representations of rivers, wells, and springs and the potential necessity for these business as quality drinking water becomes more scarce," says Sant Khalsa. "These images will serve in the future as a historical document, either registering a fleeting fad or laying the foundation of what will become commonplace in our society."
Work reproduced courtesy of the artist. Part of the UNEP/Natural World Museum exhibition "Melting Ice/A Hot Topic: Envisioning Change"