at Forillon Park
Grande-Grave Heritage Site | Forillon National Park | Gaspé
Nadav Kander, United Kingdom | nadavkander.com
Dust unveils the vestiges of the Cold War on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia. Officially uninhabited, the towns of Priozersk (known formally by the name “Moscow 10”) and Kurchatov were the setting for atomic and military testing, justified by the endless race to nuclear weapons. Spots that are now hidden and kept secret in leveled military zones, where scientists have observed and documented the effects of radiation and pollution on the local population and on livestock.
Witnesses to a singular time and place, these spaces provide a behind-the-scenes look at a devastation orchestrated by humans. Nadav Kander captures the visible ruins and the invisible danger that haunts them still. His photos unveil this emptiness where chaos resounds, in the process sketching the outlines of an esthetic of destruction.
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Nadav Kander creates portraits and landscapes, bearers of traces of the past (survivors of the Holocaust, Chernobyl), as well as markers of the present time (Donald Trump, Barak Obama).
He has received a number of awards, like the Prix Pictet in 2009. His photographs have been exhibited in museums and institutions in Europe (at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Palais de Tokyo, Musée de l’Elysée), in the U.S. and in Asia (Shanghai Art Museum). Rolling Stone magazine and The New York Times Magazine have published some of his series, notably Obama’s People, devoted to the Obama administration.
Denouncing the lines and faults of chaos
CHAOS denounces the bankruptcies of a present fragmented by conflicts. It reveals the faults that give shape to places and that affect populations, notably through borders, architecture or military zones: Youri Cayron and Romain Rivalan in Palestine; Debi Cornwall at the Guantánamo Bay military detention center; Nadav Kander in Russia and Kazakhstan; or Daniel Schwarz and Andreas Rutkauskas along the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada.