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PHOTO 2024 | Edward Burtynsky | Extraction


PHOTO 2024 | Edward Burtynsky | Extraction

1 Mar 2024 – 26 May 2024

Over the last forty years, Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky has photographed landscapes all over the world, documenting how human systems and industry are reshaping our planet. Through photographs of urbanisation, deforestation, and mining extractions, Burtynsky’s images are simultaneously sublime and terrifying, chronicling the insatiable demand for finite resources from a rapidly accelerating population.

In 2022, Burtynsky photographed Ravensworth Mine in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, an open cut mine producing coal for export. Presented through ten large-format photographs, these aerial images show the scale of active industry and seduce the viewer via sensual patterns and topography. The photographs provide vantages for discussion of the future of the environment. Whether the landscapes are seen as an environmental disaster or human progress, these works bear witness to the changing planet.

Curated by Angela Connor, MAPh Senior Curator

Edward Burtynsky
Ravensworth Coal Tailing #1, Ravensworth Mine, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia, 2022.
© Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Flowers Gallery, Hong Kong / Sundaram Tagore Galleries, Singapore

Gallery Details

Museum of Australian Photography (MAPh)
(Formerly Monash Gallery of Art)
860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill VIC 3150
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The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.