TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ - As the world watches another nuclear disaster
unfold, Bezpala Brown Gallery (BBG) presents an opportunity to explore
a disaster's aftermath - creeping decay contrasted with regeneration
Imagine being forced to flee your home. You take what you can. You leave
behind what you cannot. You don't return. From what you have left,
scavengers feast and flee. Buildings are ravaged. Then there is
isolation. The people are gone; vacant structures remain. The isolation
becomes a sanctuary for wildlife to proliferate; for vegetation to
infest. A new order surfaces.
Mathew Merrett and Olena Sullivan present "Volatile Particles: 25 Years
after Chernobyl", a photographic journey through Chernobyl's exclusion
zone. Volatile particles refer to the contaminants that were released
into the air from the Chernobyl reactor meltdown, half of these landing
outside the immediate area and affecting regions as far as the United
Kingdom. These particles are the genesis of a new era, one which we are
still exploring the effects of. Or, perhaps the volatile particles are
the humans who set the stage for this disaster.
It is the artistry of the photography and the superimposing of the
day-to-day images of pre-disaster life on current day images that
succeed in distinguishing this work from others who have explored the
exclusion zone. What was lost and what is now runs before our eyes as
shown here in Sullivan's "Ghosts in the Zone". What may be is left to our
This Exhibition is part of the CONTACT Photography 2011 Festival running
now through May 31 at BBG. A reception open to the public will be held
on May 14th from 5 to 8 pm.
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