DAVID MCMILLAN: EXCLUSION ZONE
Winnipeg – David McMillan has been traveling to Chornobyl and Prypiat, Ukraine, since 1994 to photograph the 30-kilometre contaminated zone around the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant; a reactor meltdown in 1986 left the area uninhabitable.
David McMillan: Exclusion Zone is an exhibition about powerful images of perverse beauty and sadness shaped by memory and recollection, Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre is pleased to feature this show on the 30th anniversary of one of the world’s largest nuclear disasters. The exhibition was curated by Natalia Lebedinskaia and originates from the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in Brandon. Exclusion Zone opens Sunday, April 17, 2016 (2:00 to 4:00 pm) and will run to Saturday, June 25, 2016.
McMillan’s haunting images depict cities simultaneously suspended in time and undergoing constant change. As statues of Lenin and evidence of Soviet rule continue to adorn the walls of schools and government buildings, the growth of vegetation and crumbling architecture is gradually erasing the referents that have shaped the city’s memory. Chornobyl and Prypiat are cities left in a state of constant flux, with time made tangible through the spaces re-photographed year after year. Meanwhile, photographs of found arrangements of objects and vegetation on the crumbling buildings’ floors create an aesthetic space between growth and decay, suggesting layered assemblages, abstract sculptures, or textured paintings created through chance encounters.