Edward Burtynsky

Shipbreaking No. 29, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2001, printed of 2002

Edward Burtynsky
Shipbreaking No. 29, Chittagong, Bangladesh
Dimensions and medium
Chromogenic print, 2/10, 86.4 × 104.2 cm
Gift of the artist
Artwork description
Belonging to a series of photographs titled Shipbreaking, which documents the demolition of enormous ships in India and Bangladesh, this work by Edward Burtynsky exposes the environmental repercussions of industrialisation and the vulnerability of humans in the face of their own technological progress. According to the artist, the dismemberment of ships is one of the most significant recycling operations currently taking place in the world. Both sublime and disturbing, the work demonstrates the creative power of humanity, while evoking the inevitable force of nature as it reconquers even the most ambitious human undertakings.

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