Understanding water as a living entity, a public resource, and a human right, Carolina Caycedo’s project Be Dammed (2012-ongoing) investigates the environmental and social effects caused by human intervention on water flows. During her residency, the artist will expand her research in a two-pronged direction by inquiring on the current state of traditional fishing practices and communities in Singapore and on the country’s integrated water supply strategy known as Four National Taps (FNT). On one hand, she will research the impact of coastal and economic developments on traditional fishermen’s lifestyle in the past two decades, taking into consideration related processes of resistance and/or adaptation to change and dispossession. On the other hand, she will probe the history of rivers and reservoirs and the FNT water management plan implemented by the Public Utilities Board in order to question the internationally acclaimed “holistic approach” of this strategy.
This residency was cancelled due to personal circumstances.