RT027 - Whose renaissance? Ways of seeing water and dams in Ethiopia
Convened by Emanuele Fantini, (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, the Netherlands)

The roundtable explores the connection between popular culture and large-scale investments in water, land, and infrastructures. Inspired by different photography and visual research projects on water and development in Ethiopia, the roundtable will discuss the use of photo in building, legitimising or challenging narratives about development, nature and technology. Photographers and researchers from Ethiopia, Egypt, UK and Italy will engage in a post-colonial discussion on representation, ethics of photojournalism, aesthetics and power. They will share and compare their gazes to reflect on how different artistic canons might be used to elicit emotions about water, to represent different stories and to give voices to specific interests.


Martha Taddesse (freelance humanitarian photographer, Ethiopia)

Roger Anis (photojournalist, Egypt)

Fausto Podavini (photojournalist, Italy)

Alice Chautard (REACH Communications and Knowledge Exchange Manager, University of Oxford, UK)


Emanuele Fantini (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education)