By capturing the impact of human intervention in the natural world, Edward Burtynsky (b. 1955) reveals the effects of industrialisation and overconsumption. An exhibition of his work at Preus Museum, Horten, questions the very nature of modern existence, holding up a mirror to the processes of mining, quarrying, manufacturing, shipping and oil production through photography. As the artist notes: “[we] come from nature.…There is an importance to [having] a certain reverence for what nature is because we are connected to it… If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves.”
From 23 September. Find out more here.
1. Nickel Tailings No. 31, Sudbury, Ontario 1996 © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Admira, Milan
2. Shipbreaking # 13, Chittagong, Bangladesh 2000 © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Admira, Milano
3. Alberta Oil Sands #9, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, 2007 © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Admira, Milano