OMO CHANGE – Fausto Podavini

Exhibition From February 22 to March 11 | Maha Bandoola Park

Opening | 22 February 2020

By Fausto Podavini

“Omo Change” by Italian photographer Fausto Podavini documents the effects of big Chinese and European projects in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia. This is a region of extraordinary biodiversity and a UNESCO heritage site. A giant dam and irrigated sugar plantations threaten to wipe out tens of thousands of indigenous people. This work is a reflection on the deep contradictions of so-called ‘development’ investments: the valley is being turned into a pool of resources for the rest of the country and the world but not for its own population. It puts at risk the delicate balance between humans and their environment that has persisted for hundreds of years.