An exhibition by Matterlurgy
(Helena Hunter & Mark Peter Wright)
Ways of Water explores local water infrastructures, from historic wells to expansive reservoirs across sites in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The exhibition follows the historic and contemporary implications of the Sheffield cholera epidemic of 1832, which emerged because of unsanitary water conditions.
Discover film, photography, sculpture and archives exploring the different scales and effects of wells and reservoirs, juxtaposing sites of community action with larger water infrastructures. Within these sites and structures is a focus on memory and monument. How do we remember past events, culturally? What objects, rituals and beliefs maintain personal and collective memories? How can the past inform future action?
Water is central to human and planetary survival. As a crucial life-sustaining element for every living organism, it needs maintenance and care, as does remembrance. This exhibition highlights these themes and invites visitors to consider their relationship to water, health, memory and loss on both a local and global scale.
Find out more about Matterlurgy and their work here
Part of The Mouth in collaboration with Arts Catalyst, two exhibitions that unearth cavities, portals and openings in the landscape through images and sound. The Mouth continues at Soft Ground with Skylarking by Ashley Holmes.