Renowned Melbourne photographer, p1xels, is bringing an experiential Chernobyl showcase to a secret Melbourne location August 9 – 16. The walk-through exhibition, titled Alpha Beta Gamma (relating to radiation) will uncover the nuclear ruins, through raw photography, 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. p1xels’ work focuses on 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 said alongside the photographic works, the ‘Experience Space’ will feature light and sound displays inspired by the visit to the ghost-town. “I wanted to create an experience that allows people to see and feel what it was like inside the exclusion zone”, says the Melbourne photographer, “it’s an immersive space that will challenge the senses.” 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 2019.
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