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River in distress

19 October 2017

Visual communication and design students from Stellenbosch University (SU) will exhibit their interpretation of a river in distress with a four meter long ‘river puppet’ at the entrance to GUS (Gallery University of Stellenbosch).
The exhibit is based on Dr Charon Marais’ doctoral research about the role that a natural object such as a river could play in changing governance approaches of the commons, ultimately reconnecting the community and its river.
Hosted by SU’s Centre for Complex Systems in Transition and GUS, the aim of the event is to open creative spaces where these type of discussions can take place, giving a voice to the river.
Dr Marais says the Eerste River is an integral part of the town’s history and heritage: “But because of pollution and neglect it is also a source of frustration and embarrassment, impacting on people’s livelihoods further downstream.
“This exhibit and conversation will be the first in a series of interventions to repair and transform the community’s relationship with the Eerste River,” she explains.
Entrance is free and anyone interested in the welfare of the Eerste River and its surrounding communities are welcome to attend.

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