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.
Clearcut #3, Palm Oil Plantation
Borneo, Malaysia 2016
Jennifer Baichwal + Nicholas de Pencier
Elephant Tusk Burn, Nairobi National Park, Kenya 2018
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