Chernobyl: photographs bearing witness to the disaster on display in Bologna

Ono arte presents from Jan. 23 to Feb. 15, 2020, the exhibition bearing witness to the Chernobyl catastrophe through Gerd Ludwig's shots.

From January 23 to February 15, 2020, ONO arte presents the exhibition Chernobyl: the long shadow. Photographs by Gerd Ludwig: on the occasion of Arte Fiera 2020, the public will be able to see fourteen photographs taken inside and outside the Chernobyl power plant. A project on the fragility of the world and the exploitation of energy resources that will be presented as part of this event, but will result in a major solo exhibition by the artist set up in a major Italian museum later this year.

The Chernobyl disaster occurred on April 26, 1986, at night at the nuclear power plant named V.I. Lenin: It was the worst nuclear disaster in history, causing repercussions not only in the Soviet Union but also in Western Europe. Radiation reached Scandinavia and most European states. During a safety test, plant personnel made numerous mistakes that led to a power surge resulting in an explosion and fire in reactor number 4.

Gerd Ludwig (Ansfeld, 1947) traveled to Chernobyl in 1993, whose catastrophe came to be regarded as a symbol of end-of-the-millennium photojournalism. On his second trip, in 2005, the photographer was the first in the West to descend inside the plant to the still-contaminated Reactor 4.
He also traveled to Chernobyl in 2011 and 2014 to complete his work and to bear witness with his camera not only to the state of the plant, but also to the lives of the people, their surroundings, and the attraction the place exerts on so-called Disaster Tourists. With an almost poetic eye, Ludwig captured, often in a single image, several elements, such as the fragility of human life, the environment in which we live, and the need for energy supply that is increasingly urgent in the world in which we live. The nature surrounding the power plant is being repopulated by animals of all species and, thanks to the absence of humans, they have managed to find a suitable habitat for their existence.

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Chernobyl: photographs bearing witness to the disaster on display in Bologna
Chernobyl: photographs bearing witness to the disaster on display in Bologna

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