Art for Water and Peace
The Geneva Water Hub believes that Art is a powerful vehicle for spreading messages around the world on the crucial issue of water. For this reason, it is involved in two distinct artistic initiatives approaching and conveying messages in an original manner around water and peace to the wider audience possible.
- Symphony for Water and Peace
By the time the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace’s messages and recommendations are finalized, they will also be conveyed in the universal language of music. Indeed, a unique and particularly inspiring feature of the Panel’s work is that it will be accompanied and enriched by musicians from around the world. The result will be an original Symphony for Water & Peace, composed progressively as the Panel convenes in different continents. Upon completion, the Symphony is intended to become a powerful symbol and inspiration for all efforts to make water a source of cooperation and peace.
The 1st Movement of the symphony was composed by the Swiss double-bass player Mich Gerber (offcial page), who performed during the Panel's opening ceremony in Geneva in November 2015. His contribution can be heard here: Listen to WODA.
The 2nd Movement was composed by a Senegalese musician, Alune Wade (official page), for the Panel's second meeting which took place in Dakar in April 2016. This second part, to which the Syrian flutist Naissam Jalal (official page) contributed, can be listened to here: Listen to SALOUM.
The third meeting of the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace was held in San José, Costa Rica, from 7 to 9 December 2016. The 3rd Movement was hence composed by Carlos Guzman (official page), a musician and musical director of Costa Rica. Listen to the 3rd Movement "AGUACERO EN EL TROPICO".
The entire Symphony for Water and Peace can be heard below:
On 14 September 2017, The Blue Peace Orchestra performed the Symphony for Water and Peace for the first time in its entirety on the occasion of the Launch of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace Report.
- ART for The World AQUA traveling exhibition
The Geneva Water Hub supported the latest art project of ART for The World: AQUA, an international traveling exhibition focusing on water and its importance to human beings, fauna and flora, curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg, inaugurated in Geneva on 22 March 2017, World Water Day.
The exhibition took place in two different locations in Geneva: From 23 March to 31 May at Île Rousseau, Quai des Bergues, located on the Rhône River in the heart of the city, and from 23 March to 2 July at Château de Penthes in Pregny-Chambésy, located in the area of the United Nations and international organizations.
AQUA aims to emphasize our collective responsibility on the role and use of water in our world today, where water management is a major challenge and a priority objective of the 21st century. The exhibition was presented in avant-première from Geneva, a quintessential city of water, where the Rhône River, after running through the Canton of Valais and forming Lake Leman, flows through the heart of Geneva where it converges with the Arve River before continuing on to Lyon and the Mediterranean Sea.
Being presented for the first time, the artworks by 32 contemporary artists from differing horizons, touched on the preservation of water. The exhibition is conceived to raise public awareness of the notion of interdependence, essential to the conservation of our environment and to the future of our planet. When water is under menace, so too are all forms of life on Earth. Recognized as a vital life-giving element, water is essential to preserving biodiversity and ecosystems. As a human resource, it is at the centre of climate change and its consequences, a possible origin, or a subject of conflict.