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WASM newsletter for June 27, 2022

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Edward Burtynsky on finding his calling, plus his biggest project yet In the Wake of Progress. When Edward Burtynsky was a student, a teacher gave him an assignment that would change his life. He was told to go out and capture photographic evidence of humans. Burtynsky imagined what an alien would take photos of — the way humans have changed the planet on a massive scale — and it’s been his life’s work ever since. The Canadian photographer spoke with Tom Power about his biggest project yet, In the Wake of Progress, which highlights the ways humanity impacts the planet.

The interview: As part of the Luminato Festival in Toronto: The world premiere of renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s In the Wake of Progress takes over the immense digital screens surrounding Yonge-Dundas Square with a fully choreographed blend of Burtynsky’s photographs and film, accompanied by a staggering musical score by Phil Strong. This free, outdoor experience tells the epic tale of humanity’s impact on the planet. Co-produced by Canadian music legend Bob Ezrin, In the Wake of Progress presents powerful imagery of global landscapes usurped by human activity in contrast to the dazzling urban centre, at a moment when the health of our planet is an urgent international priority.

In the Wake of Progress challenges us to have an important conversation about our legacy and the future implications of sustainable life on earth.,is%20an%20urgent%20international%20priority. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Fun photographs as recommended by fellow WASM member, Diana Bruno.

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Tom Power interviews Adrian Stimson “Buffalo Boy”:

Bison have been at the centre of Adrian Stimson's art practice for decades. The creature informs his paintings, photography, sculptures, installations and even his performative alter-ego, Buffalo Boy. With a new exhibit at the Remai Modern in Saskatoon that surveys 20 years of his work, the Blackfoot artist joined Tom Power to reflect on his relationship to bison and how they help him reflect on the violent legacy of colonialism.

At the Remai Modern Gallery in Saskatoon -

Maanipokaa’iini is the first-ever survey of the work of the Siksika Nation artist Adrian Stimson. Across installation, painting, photography, video and live performance, Stimson re-signifies colonial history through humour and counter-memory. The exhibition features significant works from Stimson’s nearly 20-year practice that explore identity construction, the centrality of the bison to Blackfoot spirituality and survival, and the intergenerational impacts of the residential school system. These interconnected areas of focus form an encompassing vision wherein the fraught history of Indigenous-settler relations on the Plains is simultaneously mourned and turned on its head.

For this exhibition, Remai Modern has partnered with Wanuskewin Galleries to commission new work by Stimson inspired by the recent finding of four petroglyphs near the Newo Asiniak buffalo jump site, and the reintroduction of bison at Wanuskewin in 2019. The title of the exhibition, Maanipokaa’iini, is the Blackfoot word for newborn bison, and was chosen following the birth of a bison late in the season at Wanuskewin in September 2021, when Stimson was an artist-in-residence. The title further evokes a sense of renewal and futurity that informs the new work.

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Winners Announced: Decanter World Wine Awards 2022 - a year of surprises.

DWWA has a track record of highlighting some of the more surprising wine regions – both emerging and established – and 2022 proved no exception.

Ukraine had their best showing to date with 82% of wines entered winning medals (14 in total). Gold was awarded to Beykush Winery Reserve Chardonnay 2019 who took special measures having their bottles hand-delivered via Hungary, knowing that winning this prestigious award would be the key to higher export success and crucial income.

Excerpt from CBC’s As it Happens:

Ukraine wine award - Guest: Svitlana Tsybak

CH: It's always an honour for a winery to win a gold medal. But a recent victory for one small winemaker at the Decanter World Wine Awards stands out for a couple of reasons. First, it's the only Ukrainian winery ever to win gold at the Decanter Awards. And second, of course, Beykush Winery received the honour in the midst of a war. And that war didn't just make it challenging for the winery to get its wines to London for the competition. With Russian forces fighting the Ukrainian army nearby, just running the winery on the Black Sea coast has become dangerous. Svitlana Tsybak is the chief executive of Beykush, located in the village of Chornomorka. We reached her in Kiyv.

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Jori Lewis tells us about her new book, Slaves for Peanuts: A Story of Conquest, Liberation, and A Crop That Changed History, which looks at how an appetite for peanuts was a driving force behind colonial expansion and slavery in Africa.

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From whiskers to flippers, what animal senses teach us about our world. Have you ever watched a cat skitter through some seemingly invisible obstacle course that happens to be in your living room and wondered: what is happening in their world? Or maybe you've questioned what your dog gets out of sniffing, well... everything! Pulitzer Prize winning science journalist Ed Yong sheds some light on those questions, and many more, in his new book An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us. He speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about the surprising ways animals navigate the world, and what we can learn from their journey.

The interview:

The book:


Wacom presents – Gesture in drawing:

Marco Bucci’s web site:


Annie Descoteau is one of the co-founders of Coop MADAAM, Mouvement Autogéré des Artistes et Artisanes Montréalaises. She tells Sabrina why is important for women artists and artisanes to have a safe space to work on their projects.

About the founder, Annie Descoteau:


Afghan musicians in Portugal reimagine their musical futures. Musicians with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music arrived in Portugal in December 2021 with high hopes of working again in their profession. But six months later, the future remains uncertain for them. From The World (Francesca Berardi).

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