Dead Water tells the story of dams and hydropower from the perspectives of the people who have been affected by these ventures in Brazil stitched together with my own background as a trained photographer, ecologist, and individual. It engages with the nature and magnitude of the intangible costs of dams and hydropower, as a counterpoint to the widespread notion of hydropower as a “sustainable and green” energy source that promotes development and fights global warming. Dead Water is driven by portraits I jointly construct with each participant (i.e. individuals who have been affected by these dams in different parts of Brazil) in dialogue with testimonies, vernacular imagery, drawings, folk songs lyrics, advertising pieces, etc. that provide the context, the atmosphere, the message of the work.
This project was undertaken with the vital support of the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB, Brazil)
It can be seen here: https://www.marileneribeiro.com/deadwater
See also: https://vimeo.com/267872971
Marilene Ribeiro, PhD,
University for the Creative Arts/ University of Brighton, UK
& Photograph Editor, Voices of Latin America
Latin America Bureau