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Pascal Rueff

Rudnia 2.0

In October 2014, Pascal Rueff went for the 10th time to the southwest sector of the zone contaminated by the Chernobyl accident, a place that was monitored but not closed. Equipped with an authorization to circulate there, he takes around a hundred panoramas in infrared light: a filter blocks visible light in front of the lens to allow only the infrared range to pass through. The result is a more or less monochrome translation of these landscapes of which nothing indicates the danger: human beings do not feel the radioactivity.

This series of images gave rise to the Rudnia 2.0 exhibition in 2015, to illustrate the ambiguous status of these “mandatory decline” zones.

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Infrared captures in the contaminated zone of Chernobyl, October 2014, Pascal Rueff.

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About the Author

Pascal Rueff is an audio director, author and photographer; he has been visiting the Chernobyl region since 2006; he produced three shows and two exhibitions based on these experiences, co-organized the Tchernobserv artist residencies with Morgan Touzé and created the online media Radio-Tchernobyl (www.tchernobyl.fr); he is co-founder and vice-president of the Boudmo association and has remained in close contact with his Ukrainian friends since the start of the Russian invasion.

Olga said: “in the event of war, I will take refuge in the Chernobyl zone”. In reality, Russian soldiers passed through there on their way to Kyiv in February 2022 and mined the region as they fled.

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