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Ripple Effect: Unveiling ADB's Ecological & Human Rights Violations through Watercolor Narratives



Introduction

The "Ripple Effect" Watercolor Exhibition seeks to illuminate the intricate connections between environmental degradation, social injustice, and human rights violations stemming from the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) projects. This significant exhibition, scheduled from May 1-5, 2024, in Tbilisi, Georgia, serves as a platform for impacted communities to voice their concerns and convey a potent message using the evocative medium of watercolor. 


Theme

The exhibition's core theme delves into the far-reaching consequences of ADB-funded destructive projects on global social and ecosystems. Artists will utilize watercolor as a poignant medium, capturing the innate beauty of water juxtaposed with the challenges and destruction wrought by ADB initiatives. Furthermore, these watercolor paintings will undergo digital reproduction to extend their reach via social media platforms.


Objectives
  1. Raise Awareness: Through the eloquence of artistic expression, the exhibition aims to elevate public consciousness regarding the detrimental impacts of ADB projects on local communities, emphasizing the human and ecological toll.

  2. Advocacy: Foster advocacy for sustainable and responsible development practices, compelling the ADB to reevaluate and refine its funding portfolio for the collective betterment of the environment and affected communities.

  3. Dialogue: Establish a dynamic platform for open dialogue and discourse among artists, environmentalists, policymakers, and the general public, emphasizing the critical importance of preserving water ecosystems.

  4. Empowerment: Empower individuals to take meaningful action and make informed choices by providing information on alternative, sustainable development practices prioritizing environmental health and human rights.


Venue and Schedule

The exhibition will be held at an art gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia, from May 1-5, 2024. The comprehensive schedule includes an opening ceremony, guided tours, artist talks, and panel discussions designed to engage the audience actively, fostering a nuanced understanding of the complex issues.


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