September 13, 2016

The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video

Ryerson Image Centre at Ryerson University
Hicham Berrada, Celeste, 2014. Documentation view. Photo: Amandine Bajou. Courtesy of the artist and kamel mennour, Paris.

This fall, the Ryerson Image Centre joins one of the most urgent conversations of our time with The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video. Increasingly and forebodingly, artists are turning their attention to the subject of climate change, in poignant and often confrontational ways.

On view from September 14 to December 4,The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video questions traditional views and challenges our environmental consciousness, proceeding from the conviction that humans have entered the era of the Anthropocene, dominating the planet in its uppermost layers and outermost edges. Guest curated by Montréal-based art historian Dr. Bénédicte Ramade, this in-depth exhibition fosters a reconsideration of climate change, envisioning the present crises and future consequences of humanity’s harsh imprint on our planet.

The Edge of the Earth features over 20 contemporary artists from around the world, including Amy Balkin, Raymond Boisjoly, Edward Burtynsky, Peter Goin, Naoya Hatakeyama, Isabelle Hayeur, Mishka Henner, Chris Jordan, Richard Misrach, Evariste Richer, Joel Sternfeld and Sharon Stewart. Photographs from the RIC’s famed Black Star Collection will also be on view, providing historical context alongside these artistic reflections. This environmental photojournalism serves as a totem of a neglected prophecy, forewarning a slowly unfolding disaster. To accompany the exhibition, the RIC is pleased to partner with Black Dog Publishing to present a large-format book with critical texts by Bénédicte Ramade and T. J. Demos. The exhibition is generously supported by Cineplex Media and Invesco, and by media sponsors Toronto Life and Toronto Star.

The RIC has also commissioned Toronto-based art collective Madeleine Co. to create “Climate Talks,” an 8-episode video series featuring discussions between children and adults about their hopes, fears and failings as they confront a future impacted by climate change. Watch the trailer.


Related events

Exhibition tours:
Wednesday, September 28 at 6pm with Gaëlle Morel, RIC Exhibitions Curator & Wednesday, November 16 at 6pm with Bénédicte Ramade, Guest Curator

Tanenbaum Lecture by Isabelle Hayeur:
Thursday, October 20, 7pm (check website for details)

On view from September 14 to October 23 in the RIC Student Gallery is Elisa Gonzalez & Daniel Froidevaux: The Quiet Zone. This two-channel video installation calls attention to the visible and audible evidence of both the electro-sensitive and scientific communities’ attempts to control, mitigate and record the radio environment.
Admission is free


Free exhibition tours daily at 2:30pm

Contact: T 416 979 5164, [email protected]
Media contact: Erin Warner, Ryerson Image Centre,
[email protected] / T +416 979 5000 x7032


The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video at Ryerson Image Centre

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