Hurricane Sandy and the recent nor’easter hitting the East Coast have gotten many of us thinking about the looming threat of climate change. Artist Diana Thater’s Chernobyl at David Zwirner gallery adds to this tension with images of a manmade catastrophe from the recent past. Her 2011 video installation was shot in the “zone of alienation,” a nineteen-mile area that has been closed to the public since the 1986 nuclear explosion. Thater focuses on nature’s devastation, as well as resilience, in the face of disaster, perhaps commenting more broadly on the the delicate relationship between our environment and industrial society.
WHERE TO SEE
David Zwirner Gallery reopens post-Sandy for Chernobyl’s reception on Friday, November 9, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Chernobyl is open through December 22.