In “Water Portraits” I ask people to reuse one liter of freshwater one after another until it’s gone. After each usage, I freeze the water and take its portrait. Each portrait gets the name of the person who used it, and a recipe for how the water was reused. After each liter is exhausted, I start a new one. One hundred and one participants took part in this project in 2021-2024. The longest chain of using one liter of water consists of 15 stages, and the shortest one consists of 1.  

I’m working on publishing a book on this project! If you are interested, please, sign up via this form and I’ll send you an update when it is out.
Water Portraits reflect on how our actions affect others, care, and the passage of time.  

This project is supported by the MIAP Foundation, Stroom Den Haag and Mondriaan Fonds.