The Toxic Camera
Jane and Louise Wilson
This is currently an exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery; A must see for anyone remotely interested in beauty and destruction.
The exhibition promotes an 18minute short film by the Wilson’s that takes you through a series of anecdotes from the ‘veterans’ of Soviet director Vladimir Shevchenko’s film crew of his movie; Chernobyl: A Chronicle of Difficult Weeks. The cameraShevchenko used became highly radioactive during production and radiation soon became visible on the film itself.
Standing prominently in the main suite is a series of large scale photographs; portraying beautifully unpreserved interiors of the almost abandoned city of Pripyat. The derelict broken scenes of shadowed devastation are almost rich in their own decay.
Definitely worth a view.