Upcoming Exhibitions

Edward Burtynsky: Anthropocene Emerging

June 6 – September 27, 2020

This exhibition features the photographs of globally renowned artist, Edward Burtynsky of Toronto, one of the most compelling photographers of our time. His large-format photographs draw viewers in through their impressive scale, striking use of lighting and rich colours. Yet, their dark subject matter—global resource extraction and its irreversible impact on an over-populated planet—leaves a haunting picture of the future wherein humanity has, scientists argue, triggered a new epoch on the geological time scale, the Anthropocene (human epoch).

This exhibition features work from three countries and includes five bodies of work produced between 1991 and 2001—Quarries (United States and Italy), Tailings (Canada), Urban Mines (Canada), Oil (Canada), and Shipbreaking (Bangladesh). Work from this early period led Burtynsky to begin work with film makers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier and together they have produced award-winning films including Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018), projects that build on this prescient body of early work. Both films will be screened during the exhibition.

Edward Burtynsky has received international attention for this work including recent solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, 2003), Cleveland Museum of Art (2019), and Fondazione MAST (Bologna, 2020). His works are held in the collections of more than sixty art museums worldwide. Burtynsky has earned many prestigious awards for his work including Officer of the Order of Canada (2006), the International Centre for Photography Infinity Award for Art (2008), the Governor General’s Award in the Visual Arts (2016), Photo London's Master of Photography and the Mosaic Institute's Peace Patron (2018), and the Lucie Award for Achievement in Documentary Photography (2019). He has also received eight Honorary Doctorates from universities in Canada and the United States.