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The highly anticipated release of Edward Burtynsky's Water (2008 - 2013) will be exhibited at Flowers Gallery during October 2013. An overview of large-format colour photographs will go on view across two floors of the gallery. The exhibition will coincide with the launch of a new film Watermark co-directed with Jennifer Baichwal (released theatrically in Canada by Mongrel Media), and Burtynsky's fifth book published by Steidl.  Weaving together the various roles that it plays in everyday life, Burtynsky has undertaken an ambitious representation of water's increasingly fragmented life cycle. 

Water is the most recent instalment of the artist's investigation into our continually compromised environment. Often  from an aerial perspective, the photographs take on a unique abstraction and painterly quality.  Many of the images focus our attention not on water itself, but on the systems that humans have put in place in order to harness, shape and commodify it. Water follows the format of previous projects such as Oil, China and Quarries in it's encyclopaedic exploration of a broad theme through a series of connected chapters or locations.

Both beautiful and haunting Burtynsky's Water creates a compelling global portrait that illustrates humanity's past, present and future relationship with the natural world and its most vital and rapidly depleting resource.

A touring museum exhibition, Burtynsky Water, organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) opens on 5th October, 2013 at the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, and runs until 19th January, 2014.

Edward Burtynsky's works are in the collections of over fifty museums worldwide, including:  Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim, New York; Tate Modern, London; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofĂ­a, Madrid and the National Gallery of Canada. Burtynsky is the subject of Jennifer Baichwal's 2006  documentary Manufactured Landscapes. Burtynsky received the inaugural TED Prize in 2005, in 2006, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2012 he won the Tiffany Mark award. He holds four honorary doctorate degrees (two additional forthcoming in 2013). His distinctions also include the National Magazine Award, MOCCA award, Outreach Award at Rencontres d'Arles, ICP Infinity Award and the Kraszna Krausz Book Award.

www.edwardburtynsky.com

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