Esse 109 – Water



144 pages

Bilingual: French-English

We now face a global water crisis. Warning signs are flashing everywhere about the increased desertification of the Earth, the industrial pollution of water resources, and the over-exploitation of aquifers. Faced with such a bleak portrait and the fact that environmental and humanitarian challenges are dependent on economic issues and interlinked policies, which are framed by complex laws, the influence of art is relatively modest. Nevertheless, alongside civic actions that we should actively do, artists can give back to water its symbolic and sacred value. Taking a poetical approach to water, the artists and theorists in this issue navigate between aesthetic forms, activist actions, and metaphor-rich analytical thinking. Adopting a resolutely critical perspective, the articles refer to artworks that try to raise awareness about water pollution and climate issues, envisage a restorative justice, and offer new horizons of hope.

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  • Esse arts + opinions, published three times a year by Les éditions Esse, is a contemporary art magazine covering a wide range of art practices, including visual arts, performance arts, and digital arts, and all forms of socially engaged, site-specific, and performative intervention. It favours analyses that address art in relation to its context. Les éditions Esse regularly confirms its mandate to publish a socially engaged magazine by addressing ethical reflections and the major changes that result.

    Each issue includes a thematic section complemented by a portfolio of artworks, a section of critical articles, columns, reviews of exhibitions or events, and a section presenting the activities of its advertising partners.

    From time to time, Les éditions Esse also publishes books covering different art issues.

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