Water during king tide at Miami Beach comes over the poorly maintained seawall at Indian Creek and up through the drainage system. Workers are checking if the drainage system is blocked. Photo: Kadir van Lohuizen.

(Miami, Fla.) — The Washington Gallery of FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios will host “Where Will We Go,” a free photography exhibition with 27 intriguing photos about the human consequences of the rising sea level by Dutch photographer Kadir van Lohuizen from February 27 through April 12. The exhibition is supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

For several years, Kadir van Lohuizen has explored through his photography the global consequences of rising sea levels caused by climate change.

In his reporting, Van Lohuizen traveled to Kiribati, Fiji, the Carteret Atoll in Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, the Guna Yala coastline in Panama, the United Kingdom, Miami, and Boston. He looked at the areas that are affected or will be affected, focusing on the human costs of the rising sea.

In the United States, the East Coast is experiencing rising sea levels at a rate that is three times faster than the global average because Western Greenland’s glaciers and ice are melting so quickly. Protecting cities on the eastern seaboard will require strong innovation and enormous financial resources.

The Netherlands, which sits mostly below sea level, has developed ways to cope and even work with the rising oceans. The Dutch science has evolved well beyond the country’s famous dikes to encompass massive and sophisticated earth and engineering works that channel water to tame its impact, instead of simply keeping it out.

“For climate change and sea-level rise, there are no quick fixes. We need a completely new, lasting approach. The Netherlands stands ready to share its innovative expertise and work together with other countries to  design a resilient future,” says the Netherlands’ Consul General in Miami, Gera Sneller.

Photographer Kadir van Lohuizen has covered conflicts in Africa and elsewhere, but is probably best known for his long-term projects on the seven rivers of the world, the rising of sea levels, the diamond industry, and migration in the Americas. He is one of the founders of NOOR, a photo agency uniting a select group of highly accomplished photojournalists and documentary storytellers focusing on contemporary global issues. “I can only hope that anyone who sees this exhibition will realize how urgent the issue of our rising sea level is. It’s not something for future decisions to deal with it, it’s us who have to act.”

Where Will We Go
The human consequences of the rising sea level
Photography by Kadir van Lohuizen

FIU Washington Gallery
1618 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Opening times:
Monday to Friday9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (entrance via 420 Lincoln Road)
Saturday and Sunday12-6 p.m. (entrance via 1618 Washington Avenue)

Free and open to the public