Art does not provide an answer. It is far more complex than that. It is political. It is scientific. It is a whole series of layered meanings. What art can now do is present an individual perception about what is actually going on. One actually begins to see things and understand the world in a way that clarifies in ways that words cannot. The object is not to be “liberated,” it is to simply show what exists.
For previous few semesters, I taught using Burtynsky with great results. In my final semester, I didn’t have that opportunity. Makes me sad— I think he does significant work that most college freshmen should see.