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Zindzi Zwietering

Bron, Zindzi Zwietering

Bron, Zindzi Zwietering Bron
Zindzi Zwietering
The Eriskay Connection


Edition of 750
84 pages
230 x 290 mm
ISBN 9789492051875


‘I saw empty pools and recycled my water at home. Still, I found it hard to grasp. The scarcity turned out to be way less visible than I expected and that exactly interested me. Only when I saw the empty dams outside the city, I realised that something was really wrong.’

April 12, 2018: Day Zero, the day that the whole city of Cape Town would run out of water. The countdown to Day Zero was supposed to be a countdown to chaos. Zindzi Zwietering (NL) spent two months in the city to document the crisis.

Bron reflects on South Africa’s water crisis and questions how urban citizens relate to a changing earth. An earth on which a quarter of the world population deals with extreme shortages. We are highly dependent on natural sources, but they have become more and more invisible for citizens of urban areas. How can we as a society really comprehend the significance of the situation as long as there is still water flowing from our taps?

Bron investigates the human perspective, not only on one country, but on a world exposed to climate crisis. Zwietering brings to life how invisible phenomena increasingly shape our daily lives. She renders the abstract clear and brings the hidden into focus.

About the Artist
Zindzi Zwietering (b. 1992) is an artist working from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She holds a BA in photography from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. Photography is the starting point of her work, but often she uses paint, silkscreen, drawings, and other techniques. Zwietering received the Mondriaan Stipend for Emerging Artist and exhibited her work at FOAM, de Lakenhal Museum, Art Rotterdam, Unfair, Unseen and Dutch Design Week.

In her work Zwietering investigates the human perspective on climate crisis. As an artist she converts terrifying facts into gentle, almost tender images. In a world subject to crisis she seek for solace. For a way of dealing with a future that approaches us rapidly. She faces the future with wonder as my greatest weapon. In addition to consolation, her work also offers reflection. Because how are we, inhabitants of this earth, going to deal with heavier periods of water shortages, heat and flooding, and all the consequences they entail?

About the Publisher
The Eriskay Connection is a Dutch studio for book design and an independent publisher. They focus on contemporary storytelling at the intersection of photography, research and writing.