Territories of water

In a global context where water as a natural resource is in tension with the economic development plans of our hypercapitalist societies and is becoming, if not already, the most scarce and expensive public service in the main cities, the project TERRITORIES of water, metaphorically approximates the rising of this tense relationship between progress and sustainability of natural resources, this being water.

This project, product of an artistic residence, addresses the complex issue of water as a natural, social and economic resource from a point of origin: going to the town of Atltzayanca. A small town in the state of Tlaxcala, which was founded and grew on the banks of the River of the same name, with a primary development based on agriculture. This allows us to ask questions and establish critical points that in this case have to do with the relationship of urban growth with the river; the relationship of social development with the river, of the inhabitants, of the people with the river.
From this relationship, the project addresses an exchange of symbolic representation where the streets of the town become a river and the river becomes a testimony through an audiovisual essay. And so try to revive a river that looks precarious and diminished and generate an empathic relationship, try to reconnect with the river. That relationship that today is invisible and broken.

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Territorios del agua
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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Director Biography - MARCEL DEL CASTILLO

(Caracas, 1974) Lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His practice addresses the idea of ​​development of contemporary society subject to the requirement of hyper-performance and hyper-production and how it stresses the human condition and its fragile links with the environment, society and urban expansion. In short, it tries to highlight the lines of power from the social, political and economic spheres and how they manifest in our individual and collective future. Among his recent projects, Territorios del Agua (Water Gallery, Atltzayanca, Mexico) stand out, in such a beautiful coup (I Study Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico, 2019); Dust Territories (NO automatic, Monterrey, Mexico 2018) Indeterminate danger (Photography Center, Montevideo, Uruguay. 2016) We are like a devastated area (Kowasa Gallery, Barcelona, ​​Spain, 2012)

He directs the contemporary image platform ESPACIOGAF, Teacher and Tutor of educational programs at CONARTE and the LCI University of Monterrey. As curator and writer, del Castillo has developed projects that discuss the possibilities and the edges of the technical image, as well as the critical and political approach to fundamental issues for contemporary social development. Among his curatorial projects are: Emerging Images «What belongs to us» (CONARTE, House of Culture of Nuevo León, Monterrey, Mexico 2020); The useless image (XVII CONARTE Photography Meeting, 2019); Political Cartographies (Blank Space, Monterrey, Mexico 2018); Hiperpolis (Monterrey Arts Center, Mexico 2018); Under Construction (Latin American collective photobook. Edited in Mexico 2016); Intimate mutation in geographical displacements (III International Biennial of Contemporary Art ULA 2014) Four editions of the Méridafoto Festival (Mérida, Venezuela 2013-2016).

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