Standing against the water giants / Enfrentando os gigantes da água


The picture above, registering the moment of an encounter between a whale and a human being, is simply … visual poetry. An aquatic vision of a David and a Goliath facing each other in the ocean floor. Which begs the question: what happens after this shot? Does the eyesight of the third element, the photographer,  continue to capture the silent and peaceful contact between two beings, that this image conveys? Or does the next moment anticipate tragedy, a violent scene?

David, the same that became king of the Israelites, beat giant Goliath – a Philistine, whatever that is – with a slingshot. Nice! Slingshots are symbols of dissent everywhere. Today, Palestinian kids use them against Israeli tanks. Israel, reign of David, has become Goliath, the philistine… whatever that is.

And it is in water that Davids and Goliaths of the world face each other as the 21st century steps into its teen years. Water, essential to life, is scarce. And on the road to privatization everywhere. Bolivians fought back giant Bechtel and won. Ecuatorians are now protesting the first steps to limit their access to water. Around the world, a few giants take over the water resources essential to the lives of all.

In the ‘water planet’, water will soon become a luxury.

In Palestine, Goliath Israel lets it in twice a week. And so the most remarkable feature of Ramallah’s skyline, the rooftops covered with water storage tanks, inspired brazilian artist Isabela Prado to address the issue of control and repression imposed by Israel upon Palestinians. Click here for her testemony.

He who controls water, controls life… ///

Instalação de fotos do horizonte de Ramallah (Cisjordânia), Ramallah's slyline (West bank) photo installation, by brazilian artist Isabela Prado, http://revistatatui.com/revista-online/reflexoes-de-uma-artista-turista-na-palestina/

A fotografia do topo, que registra o momento do encontro entre uma baleia e um humano, é simplesmente … poesia visual. Uma visão aquática de David e Golias se enfrentando no chão oceânico. O que levanta a pergunta: o que acontece a seguir? Será que o olhar do terceiro elemento, o fotógrafo, continuará a captar a cena que nos transmite a imagem de um silencioso e pacifico contato entre dois seres? Ou o momento que se segue antecipa uma tragédia, uma cena violenta?

David, aquele que se tornou no rei dos Isralenses, venceu o gigante Golias, um Filistino, seja lá isso o que for, com um estilingue. Boa pontaria! Estilingues ou fisgas são simbolos dissidentes por todo o lado. Hoje, crianças na Palestina usam-nos contra tanques Israelenses. Israel, reino de David, transformou-se em Golias, o filistino … seja lá isso o que for.

E é também na água que se enfrentam os Davids e Golias deste mundo, à medida que o século XXI entra na adolescência. A água, essencial à vida, é escassa e a caminho da privatização por todo o mundo. Os Bolivianos enfrentaram o gigante Bechtel e ganharam. Os Equatorianos protestam hoje os primeiros passos que limitarão seu futuro acesso à água. Por todo o mundo, uns poucos gigantes tomam conta dos recursos hídricos essenciais à vida de todos.

No ‘planeta da água’, a água em breve será um luxo.

Na Palestina, o Golias Israel deixa entrar água duas vezes por semana. E assim, a característica mais marcante do horizonte da cidade de Ramallah, os telhados cobertos de reservatórios de água, inspirou a artista brasileira Isabela Prado a tratar o tema do controle e repressão imposto por Israel sobre os Palestinos. Clique aqui para ler seu testemunho.

Quem controla a água. controla a vida…

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One response to “Standing against the water giants / Enfrentando os gigantes da água

  • ARTivisms / ARTivismos « ARThropophagyas

    […] Just the other day I wrote about David, Goliath and water giants… and this weekend, half way around the world, I hear armed Goliath invaded a boat of humanitarian aid to Gaza, in international waters. Searching the web for more information I visited the Electronic Intifada, and after reading the latest on David and Goliath, I found an interview with filmmaker Udi Aloni, a jewish-american ARTivist for whom being jewish does not imply supporting the state of Israel. A member of the BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions for Palestine), he has recently launched a film about the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front in India, and points out that India is one of Israel’s biggest arms trade partner, making the parallel between Israeli oppression of palestinians and Indian tactics on the region of Kashmir. Aloni is an ARTivist who believes in combining art, theory and action, and who, a little over a year ago, stood opposite to a cocktail hosting Shimon Perez, to protest the bombing of Gaza that same day (see video below, before portuguese translation). […]

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