The Photographic Journal

Chernobyl 2016

Essay 125 • Jan 25th 2017

When I entered into the different buildings, there was stuff everywhere. Furniture, broken doors...all the scenes you imagine from a movie. Ghosts everywhere. Children playing with parents, teachers instructing students, hospitals filled with patients.

A place where time no longer exists.

All you can hear are the sounds of nature. Every building, every structure, every man-made place is entirely still. I can imagine the beauty of these places, but laid on top, unavoidable: contamination, death and the lives left behind.

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Barbara Arcuschin
Born in Buenos Aires in 1985, Barbara is a self-taught visual artist. She took lessons from photographers Guillermo Ueno and Fabiana Barreda, and attended Alberto Goldenstein’s workshop. She started working as a fashion stylist at Elle Argentina with renowned editor Ana Torrejón and, from then on, contributed to different publications and several prestigious labels. As time went by, her professional life began to lean towards photography and audiovisual documentation. In 2009 she had her first solo show at Miau Miau Gallery, then took part in a group show at Mite Gallery and at No Found Photo Fair (Paris) with Rea Gallery. In June 2013, she launched her first zine, published by Santa Rosa Editora and entitled Rayos y Centellas. Her photos also hung from Ruby Gallery’s walls in 2014, and in 2015 she had a celebrated solo show at Otero Gallery. She currently lives and works in Buenos Aires. She does freelance styling and audiovisual projects for several brands, including Harper’s Bazaar, and attends the artists’ program at Torcuato Di Tella University.
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