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Pavillon Populaire : Edward Burtynsky : Troubled Waters


World-renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky explores the impact of humans and civilization on the natural landscape throughout his work. Ecologist revolted by the world almost destroyed that surrounds him, he illustrates, through his color and large-format photography, places that are often unknown, damaged by civilizations that have acquired a new beauty that is no longer natural. , saying that he wants to create tension between the plastic beauty of the image and the harshness of the situation it describes. His goal with onlooker is to “see them attracted and at the same time repelled, to show them the dilemma we are in.” A tension that reveals the ambiguity of all documentary work, which is torn between objectivity and aesthetic.

For nearly thirty years, Edward Burtynsky has been unveiling, through digital photographs in color and large formats, with complex technical requirements, the planetary scandal of water pollution.  He demands of his photography to be “an immersive experience where people say that they are part of the work but should not like it”, he tries “to access a universal resonance” through his work, photography for him is a visual language that crosses the barriers of words.

The exhibition “Edward Burtynsky. Eaux troublées” under the curatorship of Enrica Vigano and the artistic direction of Gilles Mora to be seen at the Pavillon Populaire from June 23 to September 26, 2021 is structured around 7 themes – Gulf of Mexico, Desolation, Control, Agriculture, Aquaculture, At the edges of the water, Source – that question us about the scandal of aquatic pollution.


Edward Burtynsky : Eaux Troublées

June 23 – September 26, 2021

Pavillon Populaire

Espace d’art photographique

de la Ville de Montpellier

Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle, Montpellier




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