• March 2012 16 NOT A DROP TO DRINK: WATER SCARCITY AND POLITICS IN THE 21ST CENTURY – Munk School of Global Affairs  / TORONTO, Ontario,  Canada
  • March 2011  – Gallery 1313 – TORONTO, Canada

Gallery 1313 presents ECO Art 2011, an exhibition of art works encompassing environmental issues and concerns coinciding with Earth Hour, happening internationally on March 26 at 8:30 p.m. The exhibition curated by Phil Anderson, Director, Gallery 1313, will be comprised of artists working in various practices and disciplines.
In a world of constant change we are reminded that we all must remain diligent in caring for our environment. Environmental issues such as urban sprawl, air and water quality, wild life preservation, global warming, renewable energy and energy conservation will be addressed by artists. It is hoped that this exhibition will stimulate dialogue for important current affairs and give artists a voice to express how they have been personally affected by these issues.
Over twenty-five artists will be participating from across the country, including Alberta’s Troy Nickle, who does inventions with nature building new structures from found objects or leaving his imprint in the mud. From Quebec, artist Olivia Faye Lathuilliere’s video la Pluie shows the waste of water dripping from many faucets.  Peter Goddard

«   Snowballs fashioned from bronze, photos of beer cans discarded during a party in the bush and a suite of photos of the unused Hearn Generating Plant in Toronto’s east end are among the environment-themed images in “Eco Art 2011.” Organized by curator Phil Anderson to coincide with Earth Hour 2011 (March 26 beginning at 8:30 p.m.) the exhibition includes some 20 artists from across the country working in various media. A video by Quebec artist Olivia Faye Lathuilliere showing the wanton waste of water is probably more in tune with the hour-long international lights-off event than the suggestion offered on Earth Hour 2011’s own website to waste even more energy by creating “your own virtual lantern.” (Until March 27 at Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W.) »

Sponsored by the Munk School’s Program on Water Issues, ‘Not a Drop to Drink: Water Scarcity and Politics in the 21st Century’ was a conference that explored the causes of water scarcity, current accessibility and ownership of water as a resource, and how water diplomacy will impact future relations between states. In addition, one of Canada’s most experienced journalists, Brian Stewart (CBC), sat down for an in-depth conversation with Dr. Zafar Adeel, former Chair of UN-Water and Director of United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health for a discussion on the current Global Water Crisis facing the World today.