From February 14 to May 6, 2024, at the Saatchi Gallery in London, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the largest exhibition ever mounted in the career of the world-renowned photographic artist, Edward Burtynsky, who, for over forty years, has used his images to document the impact of human activity on the planet, encouraging the general public towards conscious change.
Titled “BURTYNSKY: Extraction/Abstraction”, the exhibition has been curated by Marc Mayer, former Director of the National Gallery of Canada and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. It features 94 large-format photographs by Burtynsky, 13 high-resolution murals, and an augmented reality experience, divided into five different sections. An unprecedented element, titled the “Process Archive,” will also showcase Burtynsky’s journey through the technological changes of the last decade related to the photographic medium.
Additionally, the project “In the Wake of Progress” will be presented: an ambitious 22-minute multimedia experience co-produced by the legendary music producer Bob Ezrin (known for his work with Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, and Taylor Swift, to name a few). It will immerse the audience in the history of human industry’s impact on Earth, urging us to rethink our lives and legacy for future generations, seeking a more sustainable future through present actions, as demonstrated by Burtynsky’s photographs.
In this regard, the exhibition will also highlight local and national organizations making positive contributions to sustainability, biodiversity conservation, awareness, and climate change containment through an interactive space.