In Conditions of Fresh Water | Duke Campus: Center for Documentary Studies | Arts | Indy Week


In Conditions of Fresh Water

When: Thu., Feb. 2, 6 p.m. 2017

The term "environmental racism" has existed since the eighties, and the problem has existed for much longer. But it took the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, to wake the nation to the idea that marginalized communities are routinely subjected to inferior, often dangerous environmental conditions. Even in 2017, basic services such as clean water and wastewater treatment are still lacking in places like Alamance County, imperiling both the health of residents and the security of the land itself. In Conditions of Fresh Water is a collaborative project by Torkwase Dyson, a Duke visiting artist, and Danielle Purifoy, an attorney/environmental scientist, that explores this phenomenon in depth through interviews with residents of two rural, historically black Southern counties, including Alamance, that have been victimized by this insidious form of institutional neglect for decades. It adds up to a powerful exhibit comprising photographs, paintings, and prose that speak to human resilience in the face of injustice. The opening reception at six on Thursday features a panel discussion at seven; the exhibit runs through June 3. —David Klein

Price: Free

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