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Competing Natures: Edward Burtynsky's Views of China
October 22, 2008 - December 23, 2008
Center Gallery
Edward Burtynsky, Canadian, born 1955, "Urban Renewal #5: City Overview from Top of Military Hospital", Shanghai, 2004, Courtesy Charles Cowles Gallery, New YorkImage copyright Edward Burtynski
In an interdisciplinary exploration of the politics, economics, and social ramifications of human intervention in the natural world supported by the College's Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good, a focused exhibition of images of industrialized China by acclaimed landscape photographer Edward Burtynsky will be shown at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

The exhibition will feature a selection of Burtynsky’s characteristic large-scale images of China’s industrialized culture, sweeping across vistas as varied as dumping grounds, shipyards, factories, and mines. Burtynsky’s photographs of the Chinese landscape, teeming and full of fractured beauty, harrowingly indicate the environmental consequence that is the result of expansion and mass production.