- WORK IN PROGRESS
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.