Fondazione MAST is an international cultural and philanthropic institution that focuses on art, technology and innovation in Bologna, Italy. Focusing on projects that leverage identity, develop new ideas, and create new connections, Fondazione MAST is debuting The Anthropocene Exhibition this spring. An investigation of the indelible human footprint on the Earth, the show explores projects from concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, from the marble quarries in Carrara to one of the world’s largest landfill sites in Dandora, Kenya.
The exhibition brings together the extraordinary photographs of Edward Burtynsky, films by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier and augmented reality installations. The exhibition is co-curated by Urs Stahel, MAST PhotoGallery curator, Sophie Hackett, photography curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and Andrea Kunard, curator of the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.