Polygon, 2014

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© Julian Charrière/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz

"Polygon" is a series of photographs shot at the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in Kazakhstan. The photographs are made on analogue medium format flm, and submited to radiation before their development. Charrière’s journey to the Polygon was inspired by J.G. Ballard’s short story "The Terminal Beach". It oscillates between art, science and fiction and brings us to one of the most remote and inaccessible of places – to the beginning of the nuclear age. It is a mystic place – a nuclear space – antithetic to human life, and showing the dystopic aesthetics of a future archaeology. 

Location: Photoforum Pasquart


Julian Charrière (1987, Switzerland/France) lives and works in Berlin. He is an artist whose work bridges the realms of environmental science and cultural history. Marshaling performance, sculpture, and photography, his projects often stem from fieldwork in remote locations with acute geophysical identities.