The Matrix of Water
Message in a Bottle
“I never thought a running tap would cause me anxiety.”
“Take care of water, water is a jewel.”
“I want to drink clear water.”
“In life there os nothing more important than love.”
“It’s amazing how a person in a drop of water sees something different.”
These are just some of the powerful messages left by residents in Cape Town, Moscow and London.
Photographic artist and social activist SaySay.love launched his “Message in a Bottle” campaign in April this year. He encouraged Capetonians to share their thoughts on his facebook page about living in a city in the midst of the worst drought it has seen in recent decades, and how it has affected their daily lives.
During his recent exhibitions in London and Moscow, cities who according to a recent BBC report, are among 11 major world cities predicted to face water shortages by 2050, the artist displayed the messages from Capetonians in bottles as part of an artistic installation. Those who came to view the exhibition were moved by what they read and were inspired to leave their own messages. The artists’ “Message in a Bottle” campaign and photographic display was brought to the attention of a Moscow radio and television station who did an in-depth interview with the artist about this work and his support of the environment and water issues globally.
On International Children’s Day at the ZDes gallery in Moscow, where the artist was exhibiting, children visiting were encouraged to create their own piece of art around water, clean rivers, saving the animals and plants that live in them and taking care of the environment. The children, after reading the “Message in a Bottle” installation, left some of their own messages, sharing their thoughts on taking care of the environment and saving water.
During his exhibition at the Coningsby Gallery in London, SaySay.Love supported WaterAid’s campaign ‘The Water Effect.’ He has seen for himself the devastating impact lack of water has on whole communities. Drought is not just about thirst. The Water Effect is a campaign to bring clean water to communities. When clean water arrives for the first time it creates a powerful ripple, saving lives and improving people’s health, education and livelihoods. It literally changes everything. To find out more visit www.wateraid.org
SaySay.love, who spends 6 months of the year in Cape Town, artistic body of work entitled “The Matrix of Water” showcases water like we have never seen it and his exhibition campaign highlighted the current water shortages in Cape Town as well as brought a new appreciation to the beauty of water.
A series of large-scale photographic images that dive into the power, structure and beauty of H2O. SaySay.Love spent six months photographing water across the world, from South Africa to Poland, in settings varying from oceans and rivers to inside plumbing and bottles. The resulting series of images show the artist’s interpretations of the mercurial structure and beauty of water and its integral relationship to environment.
Find out more about SaySay.love: www.saysay.love
Have a beautiful day!