Water-In-Color

photo report by Eugène Gumira
June 14 to July 8, 2018

This series of photographs is entitled: Water – IN – COLOR. We must protect our water from the waste that makes it coloured “IN COLOR” whereas it should remain “UNCOLORED”. In this corpus of works the artist expresses the ambivalence between the beauty of plastic as an exhibition and construction material and its polluting character of ecosystems. In the case of waste discarded by the sea, it mixes with clothing, fishing materials… and offers high colours and textures for photographic aesthetics.

It takes an acidic look at the waste discharged into and out of the sea, which contains a lot of plastics and other waste that pollute the planet. Photography is an expression of his fear and indignation at this outrageous reality. From a thematic point of view, the project is a way of recalling its commitment to raising awareness of the problem of pollution of our planet. This canal was built during the colonial period for rainwater drainage. In the open air, it has since turned into a large garbage dump, dead oil, sewage from septic tanks and other domestic sources. About ten kilometres long, canal 4 crosses several districts of Dakar to come to pour its filth into the ocean.

“I place the lens of my camera in front of this “disaster”, I continue to approach these stinking waters until I perceive lines, shapes and shades in this mixture of waste.”

Biography of the artist: Born in Burundi to Rwandan exiled parents, Eugène Gumira grew up in the capital Bujumbura in Ngagara, a district occupied mostly by Rwandan and Congolese refugees from the former Zaire. His interest in the arts began in childhood but he was unable to express himself clearly in this period when the struggle for survival took over everything else. In 2005, after workshops with renowned African visual artists, namely Viyé Diba, Bruce Clarke and Charles Clifford, he invested his true passion, visual arts and crafts. Gumira now lives and works in Montreal.