The Dead Sea portfolio documents the devastating impact of climate change, industry and humans on the environment. Over the last 60 years, the countries surrounding the Dead Sea have been depleting its primary water sources, causing devastating effects. Fertiliser companies artificially evaporate water while extracting precious minerals, and dams divert water sources. The water levels have dropped by more than 1.3 meters per year, and its surface area has shrunk by 40%. Thousands of sinkholes now litter the landscape. Hotels that once lined the waterfront are now hundreds of meters away from the shoreline, while many resorts and beaches were forced to close. Fences with signs warning of sinkholes line much of the coast, dotted with abandoned date palm groves, closed roads, and shattered buildings.
My goal is to raise awareness and be a catalyst for change. To inspire people to take action, care for the environment and preserve nature for future generations.
Ilan Wittenberg has had several solo exhibitions since 2016; most recently, ‘Faces of Humanity’ was exhibited at the New Zealand Parliament in 2022.
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