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Known for his portrayals of massive industrial landscapes which are at once frightening and eerily beautiful, Burtynsky documents much of the unseen backstory of globalization and our incessant quest for raw materials to fuel economic growth.
The exhibition contains selections from different periods of his portfolio from the past two decades, notably a series from the Three Gorges Dam in China. His work depicts the landscapes of mining, quarrying, railcutting, recycling, oil refining, and shipbreaking. These are powerful, sometimes overwhelming images with distinct echoes of Blake’s “dark Satanic Mills,” or, in other words, a very contemporary take on the Romantic outburst against the dehumanizing effects of the Industrial Revolution. If you liked Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” you’ll want to check out Burtynsky’s oeuvre.
The exhibition runs through August 25. The Canadian Cultural Centre is located at 5 rue de Constantine, 75007. M° Invalides.