Giulio D'Ercole - Canvas Africa Productions
Photojournalist and Documentary Director Producer
“Life on Lake Turkana” is a photo-reportage on one of the most remote, beautiful and biologically as well as culturally unique spots of our planet. These photographs are not only a reportage on people living on one of the harshest environment in Eastern Africa, but maybe also the last glimpse into a unique and peaceful symbiosis between two Kenyan tribes, the fishermen El Molo and the pastoralists Turkana. The life of these two tribes is today jeopardized by the imminent dramatic environmental disaster due to the negative effects of the construction of the Gilgel Gibe III dam in Ethiopia. According to several studies, this dam will drastically reduce the flow of water from the Omo River to the salty lake Turkana, resulting in the dropping of its water level and by default drastically increasing its salinity, destroying the biological equilibrium amongst fish and plant species living in the lake. Needless to say that the effect of this environmental disaster will also be ruinous at social, economic and cultural levels: conflicts and forced migration are the likely scenarios that El Molo, Turkana and other people living in the area will have to face because of economic interests ignoring human costs and undermining cultural and environmental wealth and diversity. The exhibition "Life in Lake Turkana" was held in Nairobi at the Alliance Francaise center (introduced by the Cultural Director), at the United Nations (opened by the German Ambassador and by the UNDP Representative), and it was included in the 54th edition of the Biennale di Venezia in the pavilion dedicated to the Italian Artists in the world. Some of the photos of this gallery were also published by the New York Times Lens. The trip to lake Turkana, was the first one of a series of three, done with my dear friend, mentor and great photographer Marco Pieroni.
Giulio D'Ercole Humanitarian and Development Projects Photographer