Aman Iman, Water is Life
Matilde Gattoni is a Dubai based photojournalist whom admire a lot. Her photography has been published in New York Times, Financial Times, Der Spiegal, to name a few. So I am happy to see her work will be exhibited this month at Portfolio Gallery.
Water for Life is an exhbition that addresses the shortage of water and its impact on the environment on the world today. It opens on 10th March and will be on till 31st March.
Touched by the plight of people across the globe that are deprived of this basic subsistence, Matilde travelled across 8 countries including Eritrea, Niger, Indonesia, India, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, China and Jordan to create photographic testimony to the shortage of water in the world we live in.
Her images depict the consequences of water scarcity such as desertification, war, natural and ecological disasters and drought and serve as a stark reminder that water is a precious commodity that we must learn to conserve for our future. She started to work on this project with the United Nations and later with Médecins Sans Frontières. She has since dedicated her career to the cause.
“Water is just a relative concern in some of the richest countries of the world at the moment. Yet the water shortage facing our planet today is considered a major environmental crisis by the United Nations. Man can survive a month with no food, but only a week with no water. An average amount of water used per person is about 50 liters a day. But the reality is that for billions of people, even drinking water is a luxury.” said Matilde Gattoni.