Life source, sacred ritual, scarce commodity? Seven artists share what water means to them at the National Maritime Museum
Water is a vital resource, but, to many, it holds a sacred significance.
Beyond its uses for cleaning and drinking, water is central to many cultural and spiritual practices around the world.
Our Connection to Water brings together seven artists: Aya Mohamed, Artemis Evlogimenou, Dafe Oboro, Giya Makondo-Wills, JIUN Collective, Paul Malone and Seba Calfuqueo. Their work, influenced by their different backgrounds and experiences, explores our human connection to water.
Through photography, audio, film, illustration and installations, they share their perceptions of and relationships to water, and consider how it impacts their communities socially, culturally, environmentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Feel the water's pull: visit the exhibition for free at the National Maritime Museum.
Our Connection to Water brings together an international group of artists from different backgrounds. Linking them is one simple question: what does water mean to us?
It is often seen as a resource, a survival necessity and a daily need – but water is so much more than water.
This exhibition has been co-produced by The Collective Makers and Royal Museums Greenwich, and curated by Joseph Ijoyemi and Lison Sabrina Musset.
Joseph Ijoyemi is a Swedish Nigerian multidisciplinary artist and the co-founder of The Collective Makers. Currently he is studying for a Masters in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins of Arts UAL.
“Water is a resource that is often seen as a basic commodity," he says. "It’s a survival necessity and a daily need, but there is a deeply rooted meaning to water across many cultures."
Lison Sabrina Musset is a French-Brazilian visual artist and the co-founder of The Collective Makers. She is inspired by her journey through life and topics around self-identity, self-awareness and self-confidence.
“We’re looking to explore how water impacts communities socially, culturally, environmentally, emotionally and spiritually," she says.
The Collective Makers was created in response to a lack of opportunity for emerging visual artists. They campaign to improve diversity within the art sector and to raise artist profiles.
Our Connection to Water is a free exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. You are welcome to book free Museum tickets in advance, or just turn up on the day - find out more about planning your visit here.
The exhibition can be found within the 'New Insights' gallery on the ground floor of the National Maritime Museum. Download a floor plan or ask a member of staff when you arrive for directions.
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Main image © Dafe Oboro
This exhibition at the National Maritime Museum is free to visit. You are welcome to book free Museum tickets in advance or turn up on the day.