David McMillan

Nuclear Power Plant, Chernobyl

1998, printed 2013
Winnipeg artist David McMillan first travelled to the Ukraine in October 1994 to photograph “the zone,” or the area affected by the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident in 1986. The region has been compared to a time capsule: the villages and cities are filled with articles of the former Soviet government as well as the personal possessions that residents left behind as they hurried to escape the radiation. McMillan’s project highlights the fragility of the human world, but it also reveals nature as a vigorous and enduring force. Although the Chernobyl zone represents a horrendous moment in human history, the area is not dead or static but is alive with growth and change.
Title
Nuclear Power Plant, Chernobyl
Date
1998, printed 2013
Medium
Photograph
Materials
ink jet print
Dimensions
61 x 78.9 cm; image: 55.3 x 69.6 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of the artist, Winnipeg, 2013
Accession number
46111