Gideon Mendel, Chinta and Samundri Davi, Salempur village near Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India, from the “Drowning World” series, August 2007 (2013.32.1)
Gideon Mendel, Hakam Zadi, Manghal Khan, Brohi village, Sind province, Pakistan, from the “Drowning World” series, September 2010, (2013.87.5)
Gideon Mendel, Marie Miracle Andris, Marigot, Haiti, from the “Drowning World” series, September 2008 (2013.87.3)
Gideon Mendel, Shopkeeper Suparat Taddee, Chumchon Ruamjai Community, Bangkok, Thailand, from the “Drowning World” series, November 2011, (2013.32.2)
Gideon Mendel, Anchalee Koyamaholds, Taweewattana district, Bangkok, Thailand, from the “Drowning World” series, November 2011 (2013.87.4)
Gideon Mendel, Prakru Samuteerapisut Sarathamma with novice monks, Komut Puttarangsi Temple, Bangkok, Thailand, from the “Drowning World” series, November 2011 (2013.87.6)
The Drowning World photographs and videos were made “to track flooding, one of the most destructive and visible signs of climate change,” in the “UK (2007, 2014, and 2016), India (2007 and 2014), Haiti (2008), Pakistan (2010), Australia (2011), Thailand (2013), The Philippines (2013), Brazil (2015), Bangladesh (2015), the USA (2015, 2017, and 2018), and France (2016 and 2018)”
“The heart of the project is the portraits of victims at their homes within the landscape of their own personal calamity,” said Mendel. “My intention is to depict them as individuals, not as nameless statistics. Coming from disparate parts of the world, their faces show us their linked vulnerability despite the vast differences in their lives and circumstances.” Your Mirror: Portrait from the ICP Collection (2013.87.4)
Made in Thailand in 2011:
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There’s a global climate strike on Friday September 20th, and a United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23, 2019.