Anthropocene 

Sep 28, 2018 to Feb 24, 2019

There’s a momentous exhibit at the National Gallery in Ottawa. The title of this sobering collection of photos and video is ‘Anthropocene’ which an introductory panel states is a word ‘Proposed as a new geological epoch…defined by massive changes that have occurred to the planet and its ecosystems as a result of human activities.’

 

The exhibit is a pretty scene (of the planet) being destroyed before our eyes. Large tablets are provided for your viewing pleasure. For this, Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier have assembled a jarring collection of up-to-date imagery spanning the globe.

 

It begins with an express ride through Switzerland’s 57 km Gotthard Tunnel — longest RR tunnel in the world — followed by a gorgeous remnant of British Columbia rain forests and continues with scenes of Earthly beauty and their destruction, all of which enables us to live the way we do.

Edward Burtynsky

Clearcut #3, Palm Oil Plantation

Borneo, Malaysia 2016

Jennifer Baichwal + Nicholas de Pencier

Elephant Tusk Burn, Nairobi National Park, Kenya 2018

video

Afterwards we walked through the gallery corridor (this is a BIG place) to the Scotiabank Great Hall for desserts and discussion about how we're all part of this surreal catastrophe.

Photos, intro text and layout

© Gary Crallé 2019