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Visura and The Current announce 'When the well is dry' Group Exhibition
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Sep 3, 2022

When the well is dry
August 20 - December 10, 2022
Opening: August 20, 2022
The Current

"When the well is dry, we know the worth of water."
—  Benjamin Franklin
Artists: Gabriella Báez, Edward Burtynsky, Solmaz Daryani, Allison Dinner, Allison Janae Hamilton, Acacia Johnson, M'hammed Kilito, Richard Mosse, Giacomo d’Orlando, Júlia Pontés, Etinosa Yvonne

Visura in partnership with The Current is delighted to announce the exhibition, 'When the well is dry,' co-curated by Rachel Moore and Adriana Teresa Letorney. The international group exhibition visually explores the interconnection of environment, climate change, culture, and community through the compelling work of eleven visual artists, journalists and storytellers worldwide.  

The show will be on view at The Current, a center for contemporary art in Stowe, Vermont, which has exhibited the work of artists like Catherine Opie, Meleko Mokgosi, Dona Ann McAdams, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Carrie Mae Weems, amongst many others. The center provides year-round visual art exhibitions, public programming, educational offerings, and an annual outdoor sculpture show titled Exposed, which will open simultaneously.




Photo by Júlia Pontés




As part of the experience, Brazilian photographer Júlia Pontés, who received the Artist-in-Residency Award will be working at a designated wing of The Current’s gallery space. She will be working on furthering her mining visual survey focused on extractivism and mining explorations in her home state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Audiences will have an opportunity to engage with her during the two weeks she will be visiting starting August 17, 2022.

Júlia Pontés shared in a written statement:
 
"Water is our most essential resource; still, we often neglect that our actions are quickly leading it to scarcity. While mining for our most used mineral, iron, water is a trade-off. You either get the iron or the water; they are inseparable. Therefore, the extensive mining activities are taking my home state in Brazil, Minas Gerais, to an unseen, unprecedented -and honestly unbelievable- drought.”

Co-curator Rachel Moore said:

"Curatorial space has the potential to provide an informed platform for conversations and topics relevant to all of us, and an opportunity to come together to encourage civic engagement. As the climate crisis intensifies, we thought this would be an incredible opportunity to bring together contemporary visual artists, visual storytellers, and documentary photographers from around the world to see how people are responding in their respective countries. There is a lot to learn from this and our partnership will provide a rich collaboration for public programs alongside the exhibition with a larger reach than either of us have individually."

This exhibition is the culmination of a partnership between Visura and The Current, a contemporary art center in Stowe. The partnership was made possible in part with the support of an anonymous donor who made a generous contribution to The Current to support visual artists who inspire change in the world through contemporary art and visual storytelling.


In an interview, co-curator Adriana Teresa Letorney added:

"We hope this exhibition ignites reflection from a personal, community, and worldwide standpoint on the impact our individual and collective existence has on the environment, and how it is all interconnected. We are all intwined. Our thoughts and actions, or even inactions, have an impact on the future of our lives and that of others. Acknowledging this coexistence can provide awareness for the importance of tolerance, inclusivity, mindfulness, care, and love for others regardless of our differences, and the world in which we live. We hope this collection of featured artworks will remind everyone the worth of water."





The Current
90 Pond Street
Stowe, Vermont 05672
(802) 253-8358

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Friday:  10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 3pm
Closed on Mondays


Visura

Visura is a global platform for visual storytellers. The membership platform is a destination for publishers to license visual content directly from freelancers, and a home for visual storytellers to access business tools to showcase and sell editorial, creative and commercial images directly to publishers, businesses and visual content buyers.

The Current


The Current is a non-profit center for contemporary arts in Stowe, Vermont. We have progressive programming that balances challenging critical and thematic exhibitions with community events. We are free to the public, offer a wide range of public programs associated with our exhibitions, and have a robust education department.


When the well is dry is generously supported by:
Anonymous
The Lucy Downing Nisbet Charitable Fund
National Endowment for the Arts
Beth Schiffer's Creative Darkroom
Stowe Reporter/Stowetoday.com
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Vermont Arts Council
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