About the Exhibition
Inspired by Edward Burtynsky's view that his images can "function as reflecting pools of our times" we wondered what meaning Canadians would find in this photographer's masterfully composed images.
When compelled to reflect upon Burtynsky's images of landscapes transformed by industry– quarrying, mining, recycling, manufacturing, rail cutting and ship breaking - what would be our commentary on these landscapes shaped by our own desires and needs?
For this exhibition, 30 Canadians, representing diverse views and life perspectives, each chose a work by Burtynsky. The result is a combination of places and moments Burtynsky has photographed over the course of his career, combined with written commentary by the guest curators whose reflections are thoughtful, thought-provoking, sometimes surprising and always personal.
As an artist, Burtynsky has said that he searches for subjects that are rich in detail and scale yet open in their meaning. By considering the meaning others derive from these compelling works Encountersprompts us to look at these images anew, creating opportunities for dialogue about humanity's impact on the landscapes Edward Burtynsky photographs.
Guest curators for Edward Burtynsky: Encounters include Canadians from across the country:
Robert Bourdeau, Marc Boutin, Jim Brown, Barbara Budd, Ronnie Burkett, Elizabeth Cannon, Tim Caulfield, Cam Christianson, David Cohlmeyer, Phil Currie, Marie Delorme, Phil Fontaine, Glendale School Grade 5/6 Students, Tanya Harnett, Linh Ly Martin Magne, Jeff Melanson, Danny Michel, Bill Phipps, Ron Renaud, Tara Shaw, Fred Stenson, George Stromboulopoulos, Students from Bearspaw Adult Learning Centre Mark Tewksbury, Robert Thirsk, W. Brett Wilson
Edward Burtynsky's website
Film Screening: Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
Saturday January 21, 6:00pm
Out For Lunch Talk: The Architect, Marc Boutin
Thursday, February 2, 12:00pm
Out For Lunch Talk: The "Protected Places" Person, Martin Magne
Thursday, February 23, 12:00pm
In Concert: Danny Michel
Friday, February 24, 7:00pm
Out For Lunch Talk: The Other Photographer, Tanya Harnett
Friday, March 9, 12:00pm
Out For Lunch Tour: Burtynsky Encounters
Thursday, March 15, 12:00pm
Writing Workshop: Fred Stenson
Saturday, March 24, 10:00am
Edward Burtynsky's Film: Manufactured Landscapes
Edward Burtynsky's Profile on TED.com
Globe & Mail Special Report: Shifting Sands