The Prix Pictet Commissions:
Munem Wasif, Ed Kashi, Chris Jordan & Simon Norfolk
10–31 October 2013
Open daily 10.00-18.00, until 21.00 on Thursday 17 October
Courtyard Rooms, South Wing
The exhibition will examine the work of the artists who have completed the first four
Prix Pictet Commissions: Munem Wasif (Water), Ed Kashi (Earth), Chris Jordan (Growth) and Simon Norfolk (Power).
Munem Wasif – Salt Water Tears: Lives Left Behind in Satkhira, Bangladesh, 2008
Munem Wasif's images from the Satkhira region of south-west Bangladesh show the severe water problems related to natural disasters and unplanned shrimp farming. These have resulted in a steady rise in the salinity of the water table, forcing people to venture huge distances to find fresh water.
Ed Kashi – Madagascar, A Land Out of Balance, 2009
Madagascar is classified as one of the world’s top three ‘hotspots’ for biodiversity; yet it is also one of the poorest and most environmentally threatened countries in the world. Ed Kashi’s photographs show the compromised beauty of this threatened island, and the projects that are helping communities develop sustainable practices.
Chris Jordan – Ushirikiano: Building a Sustainable Future in Kenya's Northern Rangelands, 2011
Ushirikiano (‘partnership’ or ‘collaboration’ in Swahili) examines the communities that inhabit Kenya’s Northern Rangelands, where poverty, drought and wildlife poaching threaten their precarious existence.
Simon Norfolk – The Disaster Season, 2013
Simon Norfolk’s photographs follow the cycle of the seasons in Bamyan Province in Afghanistan’s Central Highlands, where small farming communities battle against the harsh climate to eke out a living. Communities face disasters such as droughts, floods and landslides, and are being taught risk-reduction strategies so that they can protect themselves from future threats.