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LOT 054

1955 -

Rice Terraces #2, Western Yunnan Province, China, 2012
chromogenic colour print
on verso signed, titled, editioned 3/6 and dated 2013
48 x 64 in 121.9 x 162.6 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Sold for: $43,250

Preview at: PacArt, Toronto

Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Montreal

Wade Davis, editor, Burtynsky: Water, 2013, page 9, reproduced pages 131 and 202

Edward Burtynsky is internationally renowned for his powerful large-scale photographs that explore the effects of human activities on our planet. In 2008, Burtynsky began a series about water, based on the themes of distress, control, agriculture, aquaculture, waterfront and source. Foremost in his mind was how we control and redirect water for our own purposes, reshaping the world in ways that are sometimes benign and sometimes not. Burtynsky stated, “I feel this project encompasses some of the most poetic and abstract work of my career.” Taken from far above, this photo of rice paddies in China flooded in the spring is quite abstract. The lines of the paddies, contoured to the landscape, form an organic pattern that dominates the image. Aquaculture in China has been practised for at least 2,400 years, although recently, industrial terracing has posed a danger to the landscape through deforestation and flooding. This striking photograph shows traditional rice terracing, in which biodiversity is promoted through the cultivation of molluscs, shrimp, frogs and fish during the wet season - an outstanding example of a sustainable approach to agriculture.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

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