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Preventing water crises

Chinese artist exhibits provocative piece consisting of bottled groundwater

The severe pollution of waters is an increasingly alarming problem, with many places around the world having no access to clean drinking water, which may have tragic consequences. In 2018, the Chinese artist Brother Nut put on a special exhibition to bring attention to the damage caused by water pollution.

In his provocative performance, Brother Nut filled 9000 bottles of the popular Chinese bottled mineral water, Nongfu Spring, with murky brown groundwater from the village of Xiaohaotu, reported the New York Times.

Around Xiaohaotu, coal mining
and gas exploration operations
have resulted in water pollution,
which has an impact on
the quality of life of locals,
with increased incidence of cancer
and various skin diseases.

Although the manufacturer of the mineral water protested and the Beijing authorities closed the pop-up water market, after the massive media response, the local authorities have also started to investigate drinking water in Xiaohaotu.

Brother Nut, who has worked on the themes of clean air and water in previous projects, believes that art is able to influence public opinion and elicit action from decision-makers.

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Further information: The New York Times

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