The series, Drowning World by South African photographer Gideon Mendel, is an art and advocacy project that looks at climate change from a personal lens. Creating intimate portraits of individuals around the world, the works share a narrative of what daily life might be like if we were living partially submerged. The photographer has been working on the series since 2007, and in his search for “the commonalities and differences” between cultures, he has visited flood zones in countries such as Haiti, Pakistan, Australia, Thailand, and Germany.
Mandel has recently been awarded the inaugural Pollock Prize for Creativity which is specified for a mid-career artist who is working with social and cultural themes. Speaking about Jackson Pollack, Mendel says, “I’ve always loved for his freedom in breaking barriers. Because my own work increasingly straddles the border between art, documentation and activism, it’s all the more important to me that the prize is given not for photography but for creativity in general.”