Women in Photography 2017: Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase Slideshow Projection
Death by Drowning | Dianne Rosario

Death by Drowning is a collection of photographs taken around Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the Philippines and one of the largest in South East Asia. It portrays life in the lake as a microcosm of everyday miracles and birth. For lakeshore dwellers, their very lives anchor on the lake for food, water supply, and irrigation. Every day, people take away from the lake – and some take away too much. Massive land reclamation for industrial and landfill use, and overcrowded fish cages have damaged Laguna de Bay, putting in danger not only the lake but the millions of lives it sustains. The paradox of water as the life-giver that delivers death is explored in these photographs, both imagined and observed. They provide a lucid reflection of the present, and more darkly, a foreshadowing of what may come.

About Dianne Rosario
Dianne Rosario’s projects document life in non-urban regions. She mainly explores places which are critical impact points of human activities. She is drawn by the struggle, the stillness, and the tension that arise from people’s interaction with their surroundings.

In 2015, Dianne was selected for the Invisible Photographer Asia Mentorship Grant. Her photo project Black Matter has been published in the IPA website. She has exhibited at Tam-awan Village in Baguio City, and at Vetro in Quezon City. She is currently working on Death by Drowning, her latest photo project that explores the cycle of life and death in Laguna de Bay.

Dianne lives in Binangonan, Rizal, one of the lakeshore communities of Laguna de Bay.


Women in Film & Photography Showcase Programme
:: Women in Photography Exhibition: 13 Oct to 19 Nov
:: Guided photographer & curator tour: 13 Oct, Fri, 230pm to 330pm

:: Panel Discussion – Woman Photographer: 13 Oct, Fri, 730pm to 9pm
:: Artist talks: 14 Oct, Sat, 2pm to 430pm
:: Slideshow Projection featuring Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase: 15 Nov, Wed, 730pm to 830pm
:: Women in Film 2017 (19 to 28 Oct)