Opening Reception: Thursday April 3, 7:30PM
David McMillan has been traveling to Chernobyl and Pripyat, Ukraine, since 1994 to photograph the 30-kilometre contaminated zone around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant after a reactor meltdown in 1986 left the city uninhabitable. McMillan’s haunting images depict a city simultaneously suspended in time and undergoing constant change. As statues of Lenin and evidence of Soviet rule continue to adorn the walls of schools and government buildings, the growth of vegetation and crumbling architecture is gradually erasing the referents that have shaped the city's memory. Chernobyl and Pripyat are cities left in a state of constant flux, with time made tangible through the spaces re-photographed year after year. Meanwhile, photographs of found arrangements of objects and vegetation on the crumbling buildings’ floors create an aesthetic space between growth and decay, suggesting layered assemblages.