“What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Water sustains all life  – still, it lacks equal accessibility. Especially in Austria, many take water for granted, with it freely flowing from taps to fill fountains and pools, effortlessly satisfying our thirst as well as providing pleasure. It appears a luxury for all.

However, this privileged relationship seems to be at a critical juncture: Low snow cover, declining groundwater levels, and discussions about pool construction bans tarnish the image of a reliable and inexhaustible water supply.

“What is essential is invisible to the eye.” delves into the intricate layers of the treatment of water, as it is reduced to a mere commodity, a repository for waste, a status symbol, or a source of power. Reflecting also on the crucial aspects of place and locality, we are urged to critically question the harmful lines that often foster an Us vs. Them mentality.

Nineteen artists from over eight countries have shared their narratives, making visible what we perceive as invisible. Their works prompt us to question our present and future relationship with water and voice imperatives to rewrite our narrative, to consider water not as a product, but as a fundamental right for all.