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Photo: Eric Valli

The ongoing conversation revolving around the world’s water sources and their importance to communities around the world have put the issue in sharp focus in recent years, and too often, the doom-laden rhetoric turns people away before they even have a chance to participate in the debate. Enter French director, photographer and author Eric Valli, who has partnered with Swarovski Waterschool to to present Living Yangtze—a multi-media project telling the stories of seven communities living along the great Yangtze River in China.

Photographs and short films captured by Valli will be on display at the exhibition, and the focus of which are seven communities living along the Yangtze River, as well as on the efforts of the Swarovski Waterschool initiative in China.

“Water has been at the heart of Swarovski’s DNA ever since our company was founded by Daniel Swarovski 120 years ago, and it has been a pleasure working with ArtScience Museum on this beautiful exhibition,” said Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski Executive Board. “Eric Valli’s powerful and insightful work reminds us of the vital importance of water in our daily lives and its role shaping and supporting communities around the globe.”

With its magnificent portrayal of one of nature’s largest rivers in the world, the exhibition aims to raise environmental awareness and to inspire new audiences with through its body of work.

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Photo: Alexandre D’Audiffret

‘Living Yangtze’ by Eric Valli for Swarovski Waterschool will run from 10-27 October 2015 at the ArtScience Museum. 

Text by Pakkee