Diana Thater: Chernobyl

Diana Thater, Music Classroom, Chernobyl, 2012. Installation. Courtesy of David Zwirner.
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Opens: 11/09/12, Closes: 11/22/12
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David Zwirner Gallery turned itself around from Sandy in record time to open its slew of November shows including Diana Thater’s eerily apropos video installation, “Chernobyl.” The artist received special permission to film the ghost town of Prypiat within the “zone of alienation,” as the 19-mile radius, permanently displacing 100,000 Ukrainians around the stricken nuclear reactor, was dubbed. The comparison will either rev up the anxiety levels of Sandy’s victims or help put the event’s miseries in perspective.