Pope.L, Flint Water
164 people pledged $17,803 to support this project on Kickstarter.
Since 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan, has had little, if any, access to fresh water. The city’s water supply was contaminated with lead, E. coli, legionella, and listeria, and to this day, “many Flint residents do not have access to reliable, safe water,” artist Pope.L notes. In August 2017, the Chicago-based artist teamed up with the gallery What Pipeline and 164 backers on Kickstarter to create an installation, performance, and artistic intervention in Detroit that called attention to the ongoing effects of the crisis. Funds were used to purchase water from the homes of Flint residents, bottle it, and sell it at What Pipeline, which served as an informal information center and performance venue. Proceeds were donated to the United Way of Genessee County and Hydrate Detroit to help mitigate the crisis and advocate for affordable water laws in both cities.