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Alice Miceli, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, PTT-8 Sign, Highly Contaminated Ground, Belarus, archival inkjet print, 2008. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Nara Roesler.

October 07, 2019

Part of what made HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries so memorable was its ability to give devastating visual form to the invisible radiation released by the 1986 explosion of the titular Soviet nuclear plant. In a body of work made between 2006 and 2010, Brazilian artist Alice Miceli achieved a similar feat in a far more nuanced, and perhaps far more haunting, way. By directly exposing film to the radiation still present in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone more than two decades after the catastrophe, Miceli created 30 radiographs that simultaneously act as archival evidence and aesthetic experience of the disaster’s ongoing, largely imperceptible toll...

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