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Anthropocene on screen

August 3rd, 2018

Image of Phosphor Tailings Pond, Near Lakeland, Florida, USA

Edward Burtynsky, Phosphor Tailings Pond #4, Near Lakeland, Florida, USA, 2012. Pigment inkjet print, 148.6 x 198.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017.

Did you know an international group of scientists believe that we’re in a new geological epoch, called Anthropocene, due to the impact humans have had on the planet?

That’s the subject of a multi-disciplinary project by renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, and award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. From concrete seawalls off the coast of China to potash mines in Russia, marble quarries in Italy, lithium evaporation ponds in Chile’s Atacama Desert and logging in British Columbia’s old growth forest, this epic project captures deeply moving evidence of how humans are changing the planet.

We can’t wait for the AGO’s Anthropocene exhibition, which opens September 28th. A complementary exhibition runs the same time at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. And just announced, the project’s documentary will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Anthropocene film is the latest in a trilogy, following the critically acclaimed Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013). The film opens in select Canadian cities on October 5. Stay tuned for details about screenings at the AGO, but in the meantime check out the trailer below for a sneak peek.

Stay tuned for more details about this remarkable project!

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