* Includes access to AGO main gallery for the day
Anthropocene dramatically illustrates how we, individually and collectively, are leaving a human signature on our world.
World-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier have created a powerful series of new photographs, including large scale murals augmented by film extensions, film installations and augmented reality (AR) installations, that take us to places we are deeply connected to – but normally never see.
The artists traveled to countries on every continent, save Antarctica, documenting irreversible marks of human activity. Informed by scientific research, powered by aesthetic vision, inspired by a desire to bear witness, they reveal the scale and gravity of our impact on the planet.
We have reached an unprecedented moment in planetary history. Humans now change the Earth’s systems more than all natural forces combined. This is the central argument of the proposed current geological epoch: the Anthropocene.
Nadia Abraham is an interpretive planner and audience researcher at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She attended Queen’s University, where she completed her honours degree with a specialization in history, English language and literature, and art history. Nadia is also a graduate of the Museum Studies Master’s program at the University of Toronto, where she focused on museum education and visitor motivations. Nadia’s research is centered on how visitors make meaning in museums, and she is interested in promoting in-gallery conversations about the social context of art, public memory and how museums can be active agents of decolonization.
Shiralee Hudson Hill
An active member of the arts community for over twenty years, Shiralee Hudson Hill’s passion for arts, heritage and culture fuels her work as Lead Interpretive Planner at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Prior to joining the AGO 12 years ago, she worked on cultural projects worldwide as a consultant with the international museum planning firm Lord Cultural Resources. Previous positions with the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin and the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto have given her deep insight into the often complex nature of planning compelling visitor experiences in the museum setting. Shiralee has a Bachelor of Arts in Honours English from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, and a master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.