«Schwarzer Montag» presents «The Train» (Everlasting) by Kazuma Obara

30.03.2016

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In the 1970s the Russians built the city of Pripyat in order to construct the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. After the nuclear disaster occurred on April 26, 1986, they built the city of Slavutych on the edge of the 30 km exclusion zone. The clean-up operations around the damaged reactor number 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant were promoted from here, while the other three reactors were still running. Only in the year 2000 the last reactor block was shut down completely. Everyday people still travel to work to the exclusion zone of Semikhody, as the train station at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is called.     

Kazuma Obara has travelled along with them and taken the train from Slavutych, alltogether four times – from autumn to winter, at every season. In his work he portrays the people on the trains and reveals what they see when they look out the window: a depopulated exclusion zone, which will remain the same for generations to come.

Japanese photographer Kazuma Obara studied photo journalism and documentary photography at the London College of Communication in 2015, whereby he travelled to Chernobyl time and again. The work he created there, «Exposure», received an award from the World Press Photo contest 2016 (first prize stories in the category people). «Schwarzer Montag» presents the project «The Train» as first appearance of a complete different approach to his experience in Chernobyl.

On Monday, April 4, 2016, from 6 pm, Kazuma Obara will present his project «The Train» (Der Zug) at the «Schwarzer Montag». We are pleased to invite you to attend this event at the Westflügel.

To the presentation at the «Schwarzer Montag» a small newspaper «Der Zug» (The Train) will be published (in German language only). The newspaper can be obtained at the Westflügel or ordered for free here (within Switzerland).

The presentation will be shown until Monday, May 30, 2016, at the Westflügel. 

 
«Schwarzer Montag» im Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, 8005 Zürich
www.schwarzermontag.ch  |  schwarzermontag@keystone.ch

 

 

 

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