«The Train» by Kazuma Obara



Photo by Kazuma Obara | KEYSTONE


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
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«The Sheet»



Photo by Pascal Mora | KEYSTONE

FIFA officials were escorted out behind sheets at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, May 26, 2015. Pascal Mora for The New York Times – Some days after this image was taken we were standing in front of the Westflügel during a «Schwarzer Montag» and discussed it. The photographer Pascal Mora was in the right place at the right time – yet, still, there was this sheet, which obscured his (and our) view. The world didn’t seem to mind and we were fascinated too. The sheet allowed the story behind it to become even more memorable. We wanted to see more – and that is how this «Schwarzer Montag» («Black Monday») came into being.

Thus, the event series «Schwarzer Montag» continues. After a break, during which we have thought about the form of this photography platform, we are back with the intention to not only exhibit selections of monthly changing contemporary photography and images which should not sink into oblivion, but to also place the images in a photographic context. We want to talk about what aspects of the exhibited images we find intriguing and in what perceptual contexts they are to be understood.

Pascal Mora’s picture, which was commissioned by the NYT, enables us to shift the focus away from the FIFA to the sheet, which is stretched out outside the Baur au Lac, to make «The Sheet» the subject of discussion; thus, images which reveal information but at the same time withhold something.

This is why we focus on «The Sheet» at the next «Schwarzer Montag». In March it will be «The Camera Trap» and in April «The Train». Every time we will take a story as a starting point and try to deepen the subject at the «Schwarzer Montag».

On Monday, 1st of February 2016, Jann Jenatsch discussed with photographers Pascal Mora and Franco Pagetti at the opening of the exhibition of «The Sheet» at the «Schwarzer Montag». The images will be shown until Saturday, Masrch 5, 2016, at the Westflügel. 

The newspaper «Das Tuch | Februar 2016» («The Sheet») was published on occasion of the «Schwarzer Montag». This issue can be acquired at the Westflügel or ordered  here - free of charge.


«Schwarzer Montag» at Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, 8005 Zürich
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The Newspaper accompanying the «Schwarzer Montag»



Over a year ago KEYSTONE initiated the «Schwarzer Montag» («Black Monday»). It’s a place to meet for people who are interested in photography and ready to question it, discuss it and deal with it. The place for this platform is a fine, small shop at the Viadukt in Zurich: The  Westflügel, a place, which doesn’t exclusively focus on photography, but also on books and furniture. So far, we have organized nine «Black Mondays» at the Westflügel. Just over a year later we have printed this newspaper, making sure that what we have organized so far is not forgotten.

The newspaper accompanying the «Schwarzer Montag» comprises a review of the past exhibitions and encounters:  Rian Dundon | Fan  -  Irina Werning | Back to the Future  -  Agenturbilder 1-24 | The Other Side of Photography  -  10 by Magnum  -  Willi Ruge | The Man Behind the Camera  -  Hans Hansen | Botany  -  Mads Nissen | Homophobia in Russia  -  Jules Decrauzat | Pioneer of Photo Reportage  -  Robin Schwartz | Amelia & the Animals.  In the newspaper, a whole page is dedicated to JJ, a black horse, which came to the Westflügel for the «Schwarzer Montag». On this rainy day, Amelia instantly fell in love with the Friesian horse and Robin took pictures of them both together.

The next «Schwarzer Montag» showing contemporary photography and pictures which should not sink into oblivion takes place in February of 2016.

The newspaper can be acquired at the Westflügel or ordered  here - free of charge.




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