If you’ve been hooked on HBO’s mini-series Chernobyl, you might be keen to see the real thing for yourself this month as Melbourne photographer p1xels unveils an exhibition that uncovers the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Held in a secret Melbourne location from August 9-16, the walk-through exhibition, titled Alpha Beta Gamma (relating to radiation) features a range of photographic works from the site ruins, including the exclusion zone, as well as iconic dodgem cars, a bespoke bar and immersive sound show.
The nuclear explosion that was the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, during the height of the Cold War, saw more than 53,000 people evacuated from within a 30km radius of the plant. Today, this exclusion zone is still one of the most radioactively contaminated areas in the world, with scientists predicting it will remain uninhabitable for 20,000 years, and this exhibit aims to showcase how nature is working to reclaim the once barren town, which the UN Chernobyl Forum described has “paradoxically become a unique sanctuary for biodiversity”.
p1xels will also be presenting an Artist Talk, detailing the visit to the site in June this year, which included an overnight stay inside the exclusion zone, which remains uninhabited since the 1986 explosion.
Alpha Beta Gamma is a free event and will open to the public 6pm Friday August 9 until Friday August 16.
Register for the guest list here.
Please note due to the sensitive nature of the space and quality of artworks on display, the exact location of the exhibition cannot yet be revealed. Follow @p1xels or register for details of the location, to be released 24 hours prior to opening night.