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4th Oct 2021
to 31st Dec 2021

Age Range
13 - 17

Water More or Less by Marie Hanlon

Water is essential to life but are we paying attention to the changing conditions which now threaten it? Marie Hanlon’s exhibition at The Lab comprises six installation works each addressing an aspect of water stress: flooding, drought, desalination, industrial contamination, seasonal shortages and the unappealing realities of water treatment. With world population predicted to reach 9.7 billion by mid-century, demands on water may surpass available supply. Earth’s water is finite, it is unevenly distributed and unequally shared. Radioactive contamination from fracking is reducing water reserves; climate change is bringing extremes of flooding and drought and nature’s water cycle is under pressure – yet we remain unperturbed about water. This publication brings together documentation of this major solo exhibition by the artist along with an introduciton by the LAB Gallery curator Sheena Barrett, an interview between the artist and art consultant Eamonn Maxwell, an essay by Nathan O'Donnell and an essay by scientist Susan Hegarty, DCU Water Institute; DCU School of History and Geography.

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