Anthropocene


Anthropocene is a multimedia exploration of the complex and indelible human signature on the Earth. Edward Burtynsky’s extraordinary photographs, the films by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, and several augmented reality installations take visitors on an epic journey around the world, capturing the most impressive evidence of human influence. Exhibition is organized in four sections within the MAST spaces of Bologna, and invites viewers to reflect on the deeper meaning of what these profound transformations signify.

Saw Mills #1, LAgos, Nigeria 2016,  photo © Edward Burtynsky

The artists, on a journey around the world to every continent save Antarctica, have capture the most impressive, irreversible marks of human activity. Informed by scientific research, powered by aesthetic vision, inspired by a desire to bear witness, they reveal the scale and gravity of our impact on the planet.

Phosphor Tailings Pond #4, Near Lakeland, Florida USA, 2012 photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy

Curated by Urs Stahel, Sophie Hackett, and Andrea Kunard and  organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto (AGO) and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa (NGC) in partnership with Fondazione MAST, where the exhibition is open until January 5.

Carrara Marble Quarrier, Cava di Canalgrande #2 Carrara, Italy, photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy


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