Introduction

In conjunction with the Voilah! French Festival Singapore, The Private Museum is proud to present Chernobyl Today by Singapore-based French photographer Christophe Malcot to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant catastrophe in 1986.The photography exhibition showcases a selection of 38 black-and-white photographs; 12 of which are in the unusual 100x40cm format.

Taken in 2015, Malcot’s black-and-white photographs paint a story with a sweet-and-sour after-taste that cannot leave anybody unmoved; a cautionary tale of sorcerer’s apprentice gone awfully wrong; a story of degeneration and regeneration; a story of hope as nature, unhindered by man, slowly reclaims its rights and takes over hubristic and now derelict man-made structures.


Chenobyl Today - Artwork Image



Artist

Artist’s Biography

Christophe Malcot is a self-taught photographer who specialises in little-visited places and has developed a keen interest in industrial relics and brutalist architecture. Shooting in black and white, he pays particular attention to the shades of grey in each picture as he tries to bring out emotion rather than raw effect. In this series, he experiments with the unusual 100 x 40 cm panoramic format, applying it to various subjects ranging from the landscape to the intimate.



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Documentation

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Artist Talk
Thursday, 26 May 2016
Christophe Malcot will discuss his experiences as he entered the Exclusion Zone in which he will revisit the catastrophe from the sequence of events to its aftermath—reflecting upon the important lessons from this historical tragedy. This will be followed by an extended Q&A session in order to engage the audience on this theme.