Our relationship to the environment is changing as sea levels rise. Humans are either adapting to their environment or migrating. Water carriers is a collection of objects that poetically address this topic.
Who will have to carry the rising waters?
What will we leave behind?
What binds us to the places we inhabit?
What would we take with us if we were forced out?
Among the mobile objects are two chests that become chests of drawers by means of removable ceramic feet. The chest was historically one of the first pieces of furniture and allows people to carry a piece of home with them when they travel.
The digitally-created surface design echoes the patterns of ancient glass shards from the 1st to 3rd centuries BCE from the Antiquities Collection at the Museum of Fine, Applied and Decorative Arts in Hamburg (MK&G), Germany.
A collapsible screen divides the room into two sides, alluding to the relationship of the Global South to the Global North and posing the question of who increasingly bears the burden of climate change.
The ceramic parts of the chests have been created by the artist Clara Umbach.
Water carriers is the outcome of a half-year long residence as part of the Fund for Young Design program at the Museum of Fine, Applied and Decorative Arts in Hamburg, Germany (MK&G), initiated by the Stiftung Hamburger Kunstsammlungen (SHK).