Série Excavations series, 2006-2007. photo : Isabelle Hayeur

Quaternaire IV

The Quaternary is a recent geologic time period marked by the ­emergence of the species Homo. In designing this image, Hayeur choose an archaeological, anthropological as well as environmentalist perspective. She worked with a conservation site and a landscape shaped by economy: a panorama of the fossiliferous Dinosaur Park (Canadian Badlands) and a view of the Carrière Miron (Montreal) dump. The first is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, while the second was for a long time the second ­largest dumping ground in North America. These are legacies that we pass on to future generations… Within this image, two antagonistic visions clash.

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