15.9. – 13.11.2022
Eight woodcuts of international environmental and water activists
1. Berta Cáceres (1971-2016) was a well known environmental activist and representative of the Indigenous Lenca peoples in Honduras. She fought against the Agua Zarca dam on the Río Gualcarque, which was financed by European companies. In the process, the world’s largest dam builder was successfully forced to withdraw from the project. Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home by armed intruders after years of being threatened with death.
2. Bill Kayong (1973-2016) was an environmental activist in Malaysia. In the process, he worked to protect Indigenous communities in Sarawak who were resisting industrial palm oil companies and their land grabs as they cut down mangrove forests and pollute water with pesticides. Bill Kayong was shot dead while waiting at a traffic light during daylight hours.
3. Rodrigo Salazar (1976-2020) was deputy governor of the Indigenous Awá reserve of Piguambi Palangala in Colombia and a defender of human rights and Indigenous territories against industrial exploitation by large landowners. His work focused on promoting the replacement of illegal drug cultivation. He was assassinated on the way to peace negotiations between the government, FARC rebels and indigenous delegates.
4. Dilma Ferreira Silva (1972-2019) was a social activist and representative of Indigenous peoples in Brazil. For more than three decades she fought against the Tucuruí mega hydroelectric project on the Tocantins River in the Brazilian Amazon. The dam led to the displacement of about 32,000 people and severe environmental damage. Dilma Silva was murdered along with her husband and a family friend. All three were gagged, brutally tortured and stabbed to death.
5. Fikile Ntshangase (1957-2020) was an environmental activist and a long-time member of the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO) in South Africa. She sought to protect forests, rivers and other ecosystems on which her livelihood depended, and took legal action against the planned expansion of an open-cast coal mine in Africa’s oldest nature reserve, operated by Tendele Coal Mining Ltd. Three men stormed her house and shot her dead.
6. Javiera Roja (1978-2021) was a well-known environmental activist in Chile. She was involved in the successful campaign against the Tranca dam project in 2016, which was taking away communities’ access to water and threatening to harm wildlife. She was found dead with her hands and feet tied under a pile of clothes in an abandoned house.
7.Óscar Eyraud Adams (1986-2020) was an environmental activist who campaigned for better access to water for the Kumiai Indigenous community in Baja California, Mexico and against the exploitation of water resources by international corporations. Eyraud was chased down his street and shot dead by several assassins who came in two cars outside his home in Tecate.
8. Perween Rahman (1957 – 2013) was an architect and social activist in Pakistan. She fought for the improvement of living conditions, especially in the poorest neighbourhoods of Karachi. Her investigations and activities revealed that criminal gangs were stealing water from Karachi’s mains and reselling it at inflated prices. Perween Rahman was murdered by four masked gunmen who openly fired at her vehicle.