Pool Aqua Soul 2019

1 channel Video Sound Installation, 14 Minuten and Laserchrome Print 27 cm x 36 cm 

The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal.

Its name derives from the Arabic "al-gharb", which in German means "the West".  

 

Like any other holiday destination.

The Algarve benefits from tourism and at the same time suffers from it.

What remains when the masses of tourists have disappeared again?

 

The large number of guests - 4.2 million in summer 2018,

almost bring the drinking water supply to a standstill every summer.

 

Large construction projects are destroying traditional lifestyles and social structures in the coastal region. 

 

Due to drought, the water reservoirs in the Eastern Algarve dropped to 30 - 40 percent.  

For the Barlavento (Western Algarve) and Arade areas, the Portuguese environmental agency APA has published a level of around 50 percent each.

According to the meteorological institute IPMA, the entire south of Portugal is classified as a region with severe to extreme drought.

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