Artist Entries – The Universal Sea Awards I

Our EU co-funded project The Universal Sea ran three Open Calls to Artists. A big thank to all artists for their great contributions! Here you can find our Top 100 submissions of our first open call from 2017 as a reference. They were all published in the guidebook from 2019.

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POISONED EARTH
by Chriss Aghana Nwobu
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Title:
POISONED EARTH

Author:
Chriss Aghana Nwobu

Description:
Poisoned Earth, a three parts art project will integrate performance art, short documentary video and still photography. Born out of the need to expand on some ideas that resulted from my collaboration with a Dutch artist in a project titled “Rite of Becoming” inspired by the song of Afrobeat Legend Fela Kuti “Water No Get Enemy” I live in Lagos Nigeria a city of over fifteen million people where several canals flowing into rivers and lagoons that empty into the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the cities with the fastest growing populations in the world and as this population continues to grow so are the waste generated which consist seventy percent (70%) of mainly non bio degradable materials such as plastic bags, water and soft drink bottles, discarded toys and all kinds of plastic related materials. Poor or in adequate waste collection and management system also means that most of this plastics liter the environment and finally end up in open drainages and washed into rivers and lagoons and finally into the sea. I am proposing the project “Poisoned Earth” which will investigate and question the fundamental causes of the damages on our planet especially water through all kinds of pollutions. It will explore the impacts of our growing consumerism as driven by global capitalism. It will also help to rethink how we can cut down on the amount of plastic related materials by encouraging alternative means and recycling as a way of saving the environment especially water which in it’s purest form is one of the greatest gifts of nature to mankind and every other living creatures. I am truly excited about this project, I believe “Poisoned Earth” will become a voice to inspire discussions that will challenge us to do more to tackle this growing dangers that threatens our collective existence.
Description:
Poisoned Earth, a three parts art project will integrate performance art, short documentary video and still photography. Born out of the need to expand on some ideas that resulted from my collaboration with a Dutch artist in a project titled “Rite of Becoming” inspired by the song of Afrobeat Legend Fela Kuti “Water No Get Enemy” I live in Lagos Nigeria a city of over fifteen million people where several canals flowing into rivers and lagoons that empty into the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the cities with the fastest growing populations in the world and as this population continues to grow so are the waste generated which consist seventy percent (70%) of mainly non bio degradable materials such as plastic bags, water and soft drink bottles, discarded toys and all kinds of plastic related materials. Poor or in adequate waste collection and management system also means that most of this plastics liter the environment and finally end up in open drainages and washed into rivers and lagoons and finally into the sea. I am proposing the project “Poisoned Earth” which will investigate and question the fundamental causes of the damages on our planet especially water through all kinds of pollutions. It will explore the impacts of our growing consumerism as driven by global capitalism. It will also help to rethink how we can cut down on the amount of plastic related materials by encouraging alternative means and recycling as a way of saving the environment especially water which in it’s purest form is one of the greatest gifts of nature to mankind and every other living creatures. I am truly excited about this project, I believe “Poisoned Earth” will become a voice to inspire discussions that will challenge us to do more to tackle this growing dangers that threatens our collective existence.
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