(New York, NY)
Alice Miceli, winner of PIPA Prize 2014, presents an exhibition of Projeto Chernobyl (Chernobyl Project) at Americas Society gallery, in New York. It consists of a series of 30 radiographs produced between 2006 and 2010. As explained on the gallery’s website, the artist developed a method of image making to document the enduring effects of the Soviet nuclear plant explosion of April 26, 1986.
Even though gamma radiation is still present and continues to cause health problems and even deaths in the area, it is not possible to be seen by the naked eye and to the traditional methods of photography that have been used to document the area and it’s destruction. Miceli managed to make the contamination visible through direct contact between the radiation and film, which, as commented on the exhibition press release, was exposed in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for months. The artist’s work is complex both in technique and in concept, and it questions our ideas of vision, memory, politics and environmental issues.
There will be a series of events concerning the exhibition: the opening of the show will be on October 7th; on October 15th, there will be an artist talk with Miceli at the Magnum Foundation; on October 22th, a panel discussion entitled “Invisible Threats: Human Rights, The Environment, and Art” will be held at Americas Society; and finally, another panel discussion, “Modes of Documentation and Photography”, also at Americas Society, on November 13th.
“Projeto Chernobyl”, solo show by Alice Miceli
From October 7th through January 25th.
680 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Wed – Sat, from 12pm to 6 p.m