The term “Anthropocene” is now on everyone’s lips. If a question of permanently marking our presence and superiority, it is done thing. Yet since we cannot possibly backtrack, what solutions remain? Photographer Edward Burtynsky, directors Nicholas de Pencier and Jennifer Baichwal have come together through the Anthropocene project to explore this question through films, documentaries, photographs, murals, and immersive experiences made possible by technology and augmented reality. Innovation is at the heart of this project, conceived as a travel narrative around the world, presenting and providing evidence of all the ecological – sustainable – changes brought about by human activities. A large-scale work to which, among others, the National Gallery of Canada has returned through a parallel exhibition, to be hosted in the spring of 2019 by the MAST Foundation in Bologna. A film, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, released in 2018, is the fruit of four years of collaboration and to date has received several awards. A must-watch documentary and great testament to humanity.

Alice Audouin

Credit: Edward Burtynsky featured in Anthropocene Project at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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