Water Messages

From melting glaciers and sea-level rise to storm surges, drought, and pollution: water affects us all. Although the consequences of the climate crisis are increasingly felt in Germany, too, the most drastic impacts are unevenly distributed across the colonial divide.

The exhibition explores ecological knowledges and water stories documented in MARKK’s historical collections. Examples from contemporary art and design relate them to water protection and climate justice movements in the Global South. The exhibition invites us to listen to these water messages to rethink our relationships beyond human exceptionalism.


The exhibition was developed in collaboration with an international water think tank and designed by the London-based RESOLVE collective. It takes place within the framework of the TAKING CARE project – co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe program.




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From the Exhibition