The most terrible technological accident of human history knows: Chernobyl, once an unknown place in the rich land of the Ukraine. Now a single chilling word that still casts a dark shadow of death and contamination. Twenty years after the disaster that struck Europe, the tragedy continues. Many people live in villages close to the nuclear plant in conditions at the edge of human survival. The damage is still very much in evidence. Everywhere, in this area called THE ZONE, there is the burdensome heritage of disaster and everything still remain in total silence. The Chernobyl accident generated unknown victims by effects, it is impossible to know how many people dead for the consequences. The issue of long-term effects of Chernobyl disaster on civilians is controversial. Over 300,000 people were resettled because of the accident; millions lived and continue to live in the contaminated area. On the other hand, most of those affected received relatively low doses of radiation, there is little evidence of increased mortality – cancers or birth defects among them – and, when such evidence is present, existence of a causal link to radioactive contamination is uncertain.
Independence on the Skin
Occupation, nationalism, and struggles with identity plague our world’s history. In Ireland in particular, hundreds of years of British rule – which is argued to be the longest war of occupation in the world – has produced generation after generation of independent-minded Irish who have fought for their national identity. Their names are related to infamous organisations, such as the IRA and other pro-independence organizations. Even if there is a treaty of truce, these women and men remain in the fight to achieve their dream of independence.
Their tattoos tell the painstaking story of their lives, fallen friends, past actions. Their bodies bear indelible writings of an ideal and the human price paid to conquer it. Every drop of ink under their skin carries the memory of ancestors and comrades who died in this invisible war. Much has been written about them, especially in the seventies and eighties, during a series of attacks that seemed to never end, and in the collective conscience they are considered to be terrorists and subversive, but little – or almost nothing – is really known about them. This photographic account is an insight into their world, and it serves as a proof of adamant willingness to not give up, but to continue to fight for an Ireland that they will be able to cal their own.
When it comes to creativity and recycling, besides being useful, it is also always fascinating and interesting. Maybe this is the reason why I share the phrase “Once, old and broken things were not being throw away, but were repaired.” Before being thrown away and replaced by something new, these pieces that are considered recyclable were once owned by people who gave them use and a life. Unfortunately, it is now a common behaviour among all of us to replace things with something new. However, some people are doing everything possible to try and recover the damage that has been done, and is still being done, to our planet.
L’Animalada is an example of creativity and positive thinking. This is a series of animals created by Sandra Sarda Cabero, which combines three different worlds – waste reduction, recycling of materials, and retrieving objects. Driven by the passion for the game, and the reaction when it is introduced into the public space, the need to create and look for aesthetic correspondence between the recovered and/or found objects and animals.
The result has several interpretations, but the most satisfying and poetic is how Sandra’s work gives these objects a new life. They return to the life cycle; metaphorically, as the first level and most genuine, and also to the natural world, from where everything, toxic or not, is returned. Weird Animals has the ambition to talk about the importance of recycling by addressing the issue in an unusual way.
When it comes to creativity and recycling it is always fascinating and interesting, besides being useful. Maybe this is the reason why I share the phrase “Once, old and broken things were not being throw away, but were repaired. Before being thrown and replaced by something new, those pieces that are considered recyclable have been owned by people who have given use and life. Unfortunately the replacing with something new is a common behavior among all of us, but some people are doing everything possible to try to recover the damage that has been done and it is still done at our planet. L’Animalada is an example of this, an example of creativity and an example of healthy thinking. This is a series of animals by Sandra Sarda Cabero, which combines three different worlds. Waste reduction, recycling of materials and retrieving objects. The passion for the game and what happens when this is introduced into the public space. The need to create and look for aesthetic correspondences between the recovered and / or found object and animals. The result has several interpretations but the most satisfying with a point of poetry is that trough the work of Sandra is given to those objects a new life. It is the returning to the life cycle, metaphorically, the first level and most genuine; the natural world, from where everything, toxic or not, is returned. Taking in consideration the depths sense of L’Animalada, Weird Animals has the ambition to talk about the importance of recycling by addressing the issue in a rather unusual way. Put this animals in their natural place, suggests what it could be the future of our planet. The idea of being surrounded by recycled animals of course scares everyone, even if the images do not transmit and do not pretend to have nothing awful, but the opposite. Rather surreal, dreamlike.