Edward Burtynsky: The Landscape of Human Systems


Edward Burtynsky’s images are unforgettable. His subjects are mine tailings, dams and levees, quarries and the remnants of industry. The photos are staggering in scale and intricacy. The images fascinate: abstract, strangely beautiful, seductive and disturbing. Burtynsky shows us nature transformed through industry, a planet made alien by human hands.

On January 28, 2015, Edward Burtynsky brought his multimedia presentation to Edmonton as part of International Week 2015. in "The Landscape of Human Systems," Burtynsky surveyed his works in large-scale colour photography and film production. He discussed his image-making process as an artist and helped us understand modern civilisation’s troubling relationship with nature.

About Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky is one of Canada’s most respected photographers. His works are included in the collections of more than sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada and the MoMA and Guggenheim museums in New York. His touring exhibition Oil showed at the Art Gallery of Alberta in 2010. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and winner of the TED Prize. With Jennifer Baichwal, he has made two award-winning documentary films, Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013).

About the organizers

This is a keynote lecture for the University of Alberta’s International Week,Sustainability Speaker Series and the City of Edmonton’s The Way We Green Speaker Series.

International Week runs from January 26 to 30, 2015. Over 50 free events will help you try to make sense of the world’s most current and pressing conflicts. We will consider causes, consequences and possible solutions, and will devote special attention to the plight of refugees and displaced persons.

The Way We Green is Edmonton's award-winning environmental strategic plan. Watch video recordings of inspiring speakers going back to 2010 onThe Way We Green Speaker Series website.

The Sustainability Speaker Series gives people the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas, promote understanding about the diversity of topics involved in sustainability and expand the dialogue on campus sustainability.

Sponsored by the University of Alberta's Office of Sustainability, University of Alberta International's Global Education Program and the City of Edmonton.