Yixin and Kaitong are interested in the exploration of the relationship between people and their environment. Their master's research focuses on the paradoxical relationship between the establishment of dams in political science, economics, ecology and the space of human existence.
Yixin Zhang, Kaitong He
Using the villages of Luz and Pisao in the Alentejo region of Portugal as examples, our team used model simulations combined with videos taken in the field trips to explore the dramatic impact of the creation of the dam on the local ecological corridor and the lives of the village inhabitants. The Luz village was forced to be demolished and rebuilt 20 years ago by the creation of the Alqueva dam, which dealt a heavy blow to the local people and the ecology. The village of Pisao is about to face the same plight as the Luz, or even worse neglect. Traditional agriculture will be replaced by intensive farming and irrigation, and tens of thousands of forests will be cut down. The inhabitants will lose their livelihoods and will hardly be compensated. The case of these two villages is a good illustration and complement to each other. By linking the present of the two villages in the video and anticipating the future of the village of Pisao, we hope to help us to narrate and critically examine the impact of the creation of the dam. A powerful intervention was shown through photographic archives and performances. Intervention is not only an evocation of a past that has already taken place, but also a way of asking those who expected the dam to be built whether it was really worth it. Who really benefited from the creation of the dam?