As part of the 80th anniversary of the 19 August 1942 raid, Dieppe wants to commemorate and reaffirm the historical and artistic links between the city and Canada. In this perspective, the has joined forces with the Canadian Embassy in France and the Canadian Cultural Centre to host the exhibition “Edward Burtynsky, Mounds And Voids: From Human to Global Scale” at the Dieppe Museum.
Internationally renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky captures the human footprint on the world, showing us the landscapes, the people on whom our manufactured goods, our way of life, and our industrial and globalized economy depend. Kept away from urban and privileged areas, these scenes captivate with their paradoxical beauty, oscillating between artistic vision and environmental perspective.
Produced and presented initially by the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, the exhibition, hosted by the Dieppe Museum, offers an original exploration of Burtynsky’s work. Mounds and Voids focuses its lens on the disparity of industrial means of exploiting resources in different parts of the world, its fullness and its emptiness. From manual digging to industrial extraction, many questions emerge: what transformations for the planet? What are the impacts on the populations and workers involved in this cycle from raw materials to waste? What is the future relationship between the human species and its environment?
Mounds and Voids: from Human to Global Scale plays with scales through fourteen photographs, two monumental pictures and a set of augmented reality works. The representation is polarized around men sorting and digging with their bare hands or with the help of machines, expands through aerial views or is recomposed through augmented reality. The comparison of these images invites us to reflect on the local and global issues of the use of raw materials, on the surface and under the Earth, but also on the status of the image itself: its construction, its power, its limits.
Curator: Catherine Bédard, Deputy Director of the Canadian Cultural Centre
Associated curator: Pierre Ickowicz, Chief Curator of the Dieppe Museum
The Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris is a partner of this exhibition.