Drought along the water
Project info

The project "Drought along the water" focuses on the green drought occuring in Lesotho. The drought highlights a more general matter : the water issue in Southern Africa. Broadly speaking, my work questions the partition of ressources. That's why I chose to focus on Thaba Tseka district, where the dam of Katse illustrates the problem : millions cubes of water are dammed but the locals are not allowed to use it because the water is stransported to South Africa. (The Katse dam is part of a project launched in 1987 by South Africa and Lesotho. During the construction, thousands of people were displacing without satisfied compensation. A number of Western construction companies were accused of bribes and corruption - Lesotho Highlands Development Authority v. Impregilo SpA and others – English House of Lords - 2005).

Basotho people are living in really hard conditions. The lack of water is another difficulty that they have to deal with. Some farmers couldn't plant or didn't get nothing from their fields. Hence, they are waiting for helps or donations from NGOs. Some of the people still hope that the government will help them. But inaction and corruption of the State seem more predominant. Basotho people doesn't have any choice than waiting. It is this perception of wait that I wanted to illustrate through the diptych : Men and Lanscapes seem to be connected in this desesperate wait for rain.

La série Sécheresse au bord de l'eau s'articule autour de la sécheresse à laquelle doit faire face le Lesotho. Les habitants sont démunis et accablés par les difficultés du quotidien : manque d'eau, mauvaises récoltes, difficulté pour se nourrir, pertes dans les troupeaux. Face à la dureté de la vie, les Basothos répondent toujours la même chose : "we are waiting" ("On attend"). ATTENDRE. Attendre la pluie pour irriguer les terres, attendre les réformes du gouvernement, attendre l'aide alimentaire de l'ONU. C’est cette attente fataliste que j'ai voulu peindre dans cette série. Le Lésotho, ses terres, ses montagnes, ses Hommes semblent figés. En assemblant portraits et paysages, j'essaie de recréer un parallèle entre les Hommes et la Terre. Et cette eau, seule, isolée, inaccessible, reflète le constat amer de l'injustice sociale face face aux ressources de la Terre.