Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...
The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...
Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...
Sundaram Tagore Singapore is pleased to present new large-scale color photographs from Salt Pans, the latest installment in Edward Burtynsky’s ongoing series of photographs exploring different industrialised landscapes around the world. We are delighted to welcome the artist to Singapore for the exhibition preview.
For this project, Burtynsky traveled to Gujarat, India, to photograph the Little Rann of Kutch, a region that is home to more than 100,000 salt workers extracting around one million tons of salt from the floodwaters of the Arabian Sea each year.
The works on view were shot from a helicopter during an intense ten-day period. The striking geometric images present the pans, wells and vehicle tracks as abstract, painterly patterns: subtly coloured rectangles crossed by grids of gestural lines. In recent years, Burtynsky’s photographs have become increasingly abstract as a result of his topographical perspective and fascination with finding similarities to painting in the industrialised landscape.
However, the reality behind these disarmingly beautiful images is a harsh one. Each year thousands of poorly paid Agariya workers toil in the pans to extract large quantities of salt from the floodwaters. Furthermore, receding groundwater levels, combined with debt, diminishing market values as well as a lack of governmental support, threaten the future of this 400-year-old tradition and the lives dependent on it. With these stunning images, Burtynsky skillfully captures the delicate balance between natural and human processes—the presence of salt in the earth’s composition and our need to harness it.
The photographs in this show were recently published in a book titled Edward Burtynsky: Salt Pans by the German publishing house Steidl. Work from this series will be on display alongside a select group of images from another new book Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements, which examines the artist's work across four decades.
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