July 16th, 1945 at 5:29:45 a.m. the first atomic bomb blazed into existence in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Twenty-four days later, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were laid to nuclear waste. Death and destruction leaked onto not only the people and the land but also onto the culture and history, erasing time itself. Houses are a part of this history of the landscape. They are like people, they have their own histories, personalities, charms, and faults; they can be fixed or broken. They are individual, yet the same. They are their own class of things, an inanimate species. In today’s current climate, landscapes and cultures all are at risk of being annihilated.
Atomic Traces is an online exhibition about the stages of nuclear power and weapons and their unenviable destruction they will cause. The exhibition looks at these stages in the form of a house. Nuclear waste resides in the basement, hidden yet felt. Nuclear explosions live on the ground floor, the most visible of the three. Finally, radiation hides on the roof of the building, accessible and yet hidden. The image and symbol of a house is applied to nuclear here because nuclear can erase all things, even something as powerful as home.
This exhibition is part of the 14 x 48 Billboard project in NYC. http://www.14x48.org/
- Any work in any medium about the making, usage, and/or storage of nuclear power and weapons.
- This includes but is not limited to work about the Manhattan Project, radioactivity, nuclear waste, and nuclear weapons.
The open call ends January 7th, 2018. Application is free.