Troubled Water (Vanishing Landscape)



Along the coastal region of Louisiana Constanze Flamme (1981, Germany) sought out evidence of the aftermath of the BP oil spill. This region faces not only threat to the coastal line but - due to the installment of oil and gas pipe­lines that are laid out in a zigzag pattern throughout the fragile ecosystem of the region - also a massive loss of main land. Salty water leaks into freshwater causing land erosion. In addition to an ongoing threat of hurricanes, the rise of the sea level adds to the problem of land loss. As a result the wetlands can no longer function as a natural protective barrier against hurricanes, rendering the region even more prone to natural catastrophes. More information on the project  'Troubled Water' and how to purchase the book can be found here.

During her research in Louisiana Constanze encountered members of the Houma tribe, the largest community of Indians living outside of a confined reservation, with a current population between 17,000 and 19,000. The oil spill has threatened their means of subsistence as well as their cultural heritage. How have the native Indians of the Houma tribe adapted to the present situation and what is their relation to the oil industry? This is what 'Vanashing Landscape', the second stage of this longitudinal project, is about.

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