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Women, Water and Wells: Photographs of West Africa by Gil Garcetti

The Fowler Museum at UCLA presents a photographic exhibition by Gil Garcetti, with images that underscore the link between water and human health in West Africa. The photographs will be on display from September 9 through November 25, 2007. Acclaimed Ghanaian recording artist Rocky Dawuni will be performing on Sept. 9.

Sunday, September 09, 2007
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Goldenberg Galleria
enter at Sunset Blvd. and Westwood
Los Angeles, CA 90095

In 2001, Gil Garcetti traveled to West Africa for the first of several visits to the continent.  Enthralled by the land and the people, Garcetti became deeply committed to raising awareness of and funds for safe water in the region. Thus was born ‘Women, Water and Wells: Photographs of West Africa by Gil Garcetti,’ a selection of sixty-two striking images on display at the Fowler Museum at UCLA from Sept. 9–Nov. 25, 2007. Garcetti's rich black-and-white photographs underscore the link between water and human health in West Africa, as well as the dramatic economic and public welfare successes that can be achieved when safe water is delivered to villages.

‘Women, Water and Wells’ reveals the challenges, hopes, and triumphs experienced by people throughout West Africa who are faced with the daily task of providing safe water for their families and communities. For men, the lack of safe drinking water and sanitation means that they are less productive as a result of more illness. But women and girls in West Africa bear more of the consequences of poor water, because they are typically charged with fetching water, trying to maintain household hygiene without easy means to do so, and caring for family members who fall sick from water-related diseases. The attendance of girls at school is also compromised by the amount of time that must be spent traveling long distances to obtain water for their families and by the lack of school water and sanitation facilities.

The exhibition commences with landscapes from rural Niger, Ghana, Mali, and Burkina Faso. The next section chronicles the important work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the struggle to provide healthy drinking water and to eradicate a variety of diseases linked to unsafe water. Later sections show the joy that results from locating safe water sources and the ways that they benefit people through improved sanitation and health, enhanced educational and economical activities, and new agricultural possibilities.

Known for his long career as a prosecutor and a Los Angeles District Attorney, Garcetti has spent more than forty years as an urban photographer. His photography books Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Frozen Music have received critical praise in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Oregonian, The Washington Post and other publications. In 2006 the Fowler Museum exhibited his work in ‘Dance in Cuba: Photographs by Gil Garcetti.’

‘Women, Water and Wells’ is presented in conjunction with the publication of the forthcoming book, Water is Key (Edited by Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute; Published by Balcony Press) and made possible by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Manus, the support group of the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Proceeds from the sales of Water is Key will benefit the Pacific Institute, an Oakland, California-based think tank dedicated to protecting the natural world, encouraging sustainable development, and improving global security. The Pacific Institute will use 100% of the money raised to benefit NGOs working on safe-water initiatives in West Africa.

‘Women, Water and Wells: Photographs of West Africa by Gil Garcetti’ will be on view in the Fowler Museum’s Goldenberg Galleria.

Related Program  --  Sunday, September 9

Exhibition Opening Day and Book Launch  --  Sunday, September 9, 2007

  • 12 – 5 PM  --  Galleries open
  • 2 PM and 4 PM -- Exhibition Tours with Gil Garcetti
    Garcetti discusses his recent photographs of West Africa, illustrating the vital link between access to safe water, human health, and the success of economic and public welfare efforts in the countries of Niger, Ghana, Mali, and Burkina Faso.
  • 3 PM --  Book signing with Gil Garcetti

Acoustic performance by acclaimed Ghanaian recording artist Rocky Dawuni

Light refreshments will be provided.


Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available in lot 4.

Fowler Museum at UCLA310-825-4361

Sponsor(s): , Fowler Museum at UCLA

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