Shadows of Chernobyl by Diana Bilichenko

Piece  /  Abstract   Landscape
Published: 16.02.2021
Diana Bilichenko
Shadows of Chernobyl
Roots, earth, textile, paper.
144 x 260 x 1 cm
Photo by:
Diana Bilichenko

Diana Bilichenko reflects in her work on the Chernobyl disaster and deals with the fate of the former inhabitants of this city, with their feelings and emotions. She wants to conjure up the atmosphere of an abandoned city and to make the hopelessness, despair, and pain of that time tangible. She is inspired by the city of Pripyat, a city in northern Ukraine that was founded in connection with the building of the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The people fled the city and left behind their possessions, most of which have remained intact to this day. Diana Bilichenko implemented this idea of preserved things by connecting them to the ground, the earth, in which historical objects can be kept for centuries. She works on her "carpet" with the method of growing grass. The roots of the grass hold the soil and textile together and create an unusual structure. With her work, Diana Bilichenko would like to invite the viewer to reflect on his or her own life and to consider if there is really a need for atomic energy.

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