Flowers Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs from Edward Burtynsky's acclaimed series Water at our Cork Street Gallery, 5th September - 4th October 2014, to coincide with the UK theatrical release of Watermark, a film co-directed with multiple award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal.
Weaving together the various roles that water plays in everyday life, Burtynsky has undertaken an ambitious representation of water's fragmented life cycle. Often from an aerial perspective, the photographs take on a unique abstraction and painterly quality.
Many of the large format colour photographs on view at Flowers Gallery 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.
Filmed during the creation of Burtynsky's Water series, Watermark documents the artist's investigation into our continually compromised environment, bringing together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use.
Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, the film shows water as a terraforming element as well as the magnitude of our need and use. InWatermark, the viewer is immersed in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted - until it's gone.
UK theatrical release by Soda Film+Art, 5 September 2014
DVD release: 13 October 2014