FOCUSING on alerting viewers on the environmentally unfriendly community in Harare’s Dzivarasekwa high density-suburb, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) on Saturday opened The Cycle, a solo exhibition by Davina Jogi, a Harare-based freelance photojournalist.
By the Entertainment Reporter
The Cycle is an environmental awareness exhibition through the eyes of a photographer looking at the adverse impacts of water pollution and it is of paramount importance for institutions like the NGZ to address and be relevant to these issues.
“Our cities have become so polluted that it is necessary to highlight these issues through such works because environmental pollution has become one of the 21st century crimes that needs attention and art is a real medium to explore such issues,” said Jogi.
She said Zimbabwe was one of only four countries in Africa that still depend on a municipal, rather than privatised system of water supply with a lack of investment in water infrastructure.
The collapse of the water purification process in particular, had seriously impacted the health, safety, dignity and livelihoods of residents.
Jogi added that Harare was situated upstream from its water supply (Lake Chivero) sitting on its own catchment area, thus grey water from homes and industries flowed through its polluted urban rivers back into the drinking water.
She said the water treatment process used to enable a sustainable cycle in which Harare’s residents literally drank their own bathwater. Moreover, the extension of water supply and sanitation infrastructure had not been able to keep up with the urban population growth.
She said the exhibition would depict how, in Harare, the wealthier suburbs were located at the apex of the water supply cycle and residents could afford to dig their own boreholes or buy water while for those “living downstream” in the poorer high-density suburbs, are totally dependent on the municipality. Harare’s water system formed a potentially deadly cycle for which a viable solution was yet to be found.
Jogi is one of the founding directors of the Zimbabwe Association of Female Photographers, which provides practical support to women photographers in the media industry.