Anthropocene – human impact
The Anthropocene takes us to places that we are all responsible for but that we otherwise rarely see. From concrete embankments covering 60% of China’s coast, the world’s largest excavators in a German open pit and calcium carbonate mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to the devastation of Canadian primeval forest, an Italian marble quarry and one of the world’s largest landfills in Dandora, Kenya.
What is Anthropocene?
Anthropocene is the proposed current epoch.
The age of man.
The age when our impact on the earth has meant a significant change for the earth’s geology, ecosystem and climate.
Anthropocene is also the name of our newest exhibition. It shows the consequences of human intrusion on our nature in a very tangible way.
The artists Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier let us get closer to the situations where our impact is most obvious and most striking, with the help of traditional photography, film and surrounding augmented reality (AR).
The Anthropocene Exhibition is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in collaboration with the Fondazione MAST, in Bologna. It is currently on a world tour and most recently comes from Malmö Museums.
About the artists
Edward Burtynsky is an internationally renowned artist and photographer, based in Toronto, Canada. For 35 years he has photographed industrial areas and man-made landscapes. His paintings are in the collections of over sixty museums, such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Tate Modern in London. He has also won a considerable number of awards and accolades.
Jennifer Baichwal has been directing and producing documentaries for 25 years. She herself says that documentaries “give you the opportunity to reflect on events in the real world in a creative way”. She is based in Toronto, Canada.
Nicholas De Pencier has worked as a film photographer and producer for more than 20 years, usually in collaboration with Jennifer Baichwal. He has received several awards as a cinematographer but also as a producer, such as an International Emmy and an award for best Canadian documentary. He is based in Toronto, Canada.
Thanks to our main partner Ericsson and our sustainability partner Nibe.
The exhibition was displayed from Feb 26 2021 – Jan 9 2022.
Last updated 25 July 2023.