The photo project Unsettling Dust explores the

lived, bodily experience of radiation by focusing

on the relationship between post–nuclear

landscapes and radioactive dust. It asks what it

means to be living with the threat of contagion,

with doubt cast upon your every single breath.


The year 2020 is becoming marked by a renewed focus on air.

The presence of an invisible enemy with a respiratory system

as its target reminds us that we are not in charge – not only are

our infrastructures inadequate, but our own human senses and

understanding fail to comprehend and contain the scale and

effects of potential contagion.


The project attempts to tackle this gap in understanding by

changing scale: instead of detachment, the spectacle and the

experience of the sublime that commonly characterizes

nuclear landscapes, the project wishes to focus on the intimate

and the sense of alienation. Radiation goes beyond the visual,

its appearance is dispersed, thus calling for a change in how

we approach its representation.


The black and white photos representing dust and the postnuclear

landscape of Vaujours, a commune in the northeastern

suburbs of Paris where the first nuclear tests of France took

place, are realized with a special made camera.

 Tineke van