Between 2007 and 2012, Burtynsky traveled the globe, from the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of the Ganges, crafting an ambitious representation of water’s increasingly fragmented lifecycle. In enormous, color prints Burtynsky’s aerial images trace the various roles that water plays in modern life—as a source of healthy ecosystems and energy, as a key element in cultural and religious rituals, and as a rapidly depleting resource. Sometimes elegant, sometimes haunting, the abstract pictures hover between the worlds of painting and photography, forming a compelling global portrait of water that functions as an open-ended question about humanity’s past, present, and future relationship with the natural world.
The exhibition is organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art and is supported by Contemporary Forum and InFocus.
Edward Burtynsky, VeronaWalk, Naples, Florida, USA, 2012. Digital chromogenic print. Photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles.
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