Mangroves from the Water (MFTW) started as an art campaign in the UAE in 2014 with a series of multimedia group art exhibitions over three years, and a 2017 Mangroves Festival. The art campaign continued globally from International Mangroves Day 26 July 2021, running till 18 August, in Geelong, Australia. Our latest exhibition was held at the National Mall in Washington DC during the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2022. We had the honour to represent the UAE at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival from 21 June to 4 July.
Aims of the Project
- encourage viewers to realise the beauty and importance of mangroves,
- protect wetlands and mangroves globally which have a strong tie to indigenous people,
- encourage discussion about the mangroves, sea grasses and wetlands, to be held at the Gallery during the exhibition period, and
- emphasise the importance of finding heritage and contemporary storytelling of mangroves that act as a reference point for cultural identity and popular memory.
Zahidah Zelda Zeytoun Millie
Mangroves from the Water Founder & Curator
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