SHARING WATER is an ongoing investigative art project at four locations along the European Watershed, focusing on political, ecological and cultural topics connected to water and water treatment.

We explore the meaning of sharing a resource we all depend on as individuals and communities. A resource of high connectivity, being dynamic and communicative by itself.

The selected locations are hydrological hotspots. At Klepáč mountain (CZ/PL), Pass Lunghin (CH), Witen­wasseren­stock (CH) and the Plateau de Langres (FR), three major river basins part, leading the water to three different seas. In their sourroundings, we find water reservoirs and sources of various streams and rivers shaping European geography, water supply and, in history, its cultural landscape.

Regina Hügli (project initiator and photographer) and Mathias Plüss (journalist) visit these four hotspots and their neighbourhood for several days in summer 2019 and 2020. Key questions of our investigation are the conflicts of interest regarding water usage, management and water quality. Conflicts rise from collisions of economical, ecological and sociological points of view.

The products of our work will be presented in 2021/2022 in a publication and a touring exhibition. By presenting our work at regional art spaces we are going to reconnect the four regions and foster the flow of information between them.

The publication and exhibition will also include contributions by artists working on the topic of water and environmental consciousness. The artworks are curated by Regina Hügli.

Barbara Anna Husar (multimedia-artist) is the artistic navigator accompanying the project.  She steers on the flow of information of SHARING WATER, interweaving her personal work and network.

Lago Lunghin with tents

The project is supported by the Swiss Confederation, Amt für Kultur, Kanton Uri (CH), Dätwyler Foundation (CH) and the BKA Austria.