“WATER FOR LIFE”
Cancun, Mexico – “WATER FOR LIFE” cultural and artistic program that showcases around the world a series of artworks inspired by the theme of water.
Through the theme of water, our objective is to sensitize audiences to an important social and cultural issue. “More than a billion people – one in seven on the planet – now lack access to safe drinking water. “
Due to climate change, high temperatures and flooding, the availability of drinking water will have a major impact on health and food security.
Climate change is a complex problem that has increased the need for an integrated, multisectoral and multidisciplinary response. This response requires collaboration to use and consume water efficiently.
In this 4th Edition there are 2 important natural sources that need protection. The MANGROVES that protect the coast from erosion from rising water, and the CENOTES, important source of fresh water. Water for Life International Art Exhibition 4th edition, at the prestigious Museum Maya, in Cancun, MEXICO.
Artist Anita Fleerackers (62) from Gierle (Lille) was invited to participate in this prestigious exhibition at the ‘Museo Maya de Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico’, from March 24 to April 3, 2022.
A mangrove is a shrub or tree that grows in coastal saline or brackish water. Mangroves occur worldwide in the tropics and subtropics and even some temperate coastal areas, mainly between latitudes 30° N and 30° S, with the greatest mangrove area within 5° of the equator. Mangroves are very important for biodiversity, coastal protection, carbon sequestration, water purification and tourism, but are highly threatened worldwide.
A cenote or cenode is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater in Yucatán. There are over 3,000 cenotes in Yucatán of which some 1,400 have been studied and registered.
The term derives from a word used by the lowland Yucatec Maya—tsʼonot—to refer to any location with accessible groundwater.
Cenotes occur in regions where there are no above-ground rivers. The water seeps through the porous soil and flows through underground rivers to the sea. The term cenote has also been used to describe similar karst features. Cenotes are formed by dissolution of rock and the resulting subsurface void, which may or may not be linked to an active cave system, and the subsequent structural collapse.
Some cenotes like the Sacred Cenote in Chichen Itza played an important role in Maya rites. Believing that these pools were gateways to the afterlife, the Maya sometimes threw valuable items into them.
“Water for Life” International Art Exhibition, 4th edition, at the prestigious Museum Maya, in Cancun, MEXICO. with the support of Dr. Vittorio Gasparrini, President Center for UNESCO of Florence Italy, the Mayor of Cancun, Mrs. Mara Lezama, Presidenta Municipal de Benito Juárez, Quintana Roo, and Patron of the Exhibition, Carlos Alberto Esperón Vilchis, Anthropologist and Director of the Maya Museum, Cancun, MEXICO, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the Universidad del Caribe.
In this 4th Edition there are 2 important natural sources that need protection; the MANGROVES that protect the coast erosion from raising water, and the CENOTES, important source of fresh water.
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4th Edition, Maya Museum, Cancun MEXICO
(March 24 – April 3, 2022)
Angelina Herrera, International Cultural Promoter & Event Coordinator.