“CHERNOBYL: TRAGEDY, LESSONS, HOPE”

UNITED NATIONS PHOTO EXHIBITION

 

Date/Time:  Exhibition: April 18-22, 2016

A photographic exhibition entitled “Chernobyl: Tragedy, Lessons, Hope” featuring a collection of photographs by the American artist and cinematographer Philip Grossman will be on display in the United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 18-22, 2016 in commemoration of the 30th  anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy. The exhibition brings attention to the Chernobyl catastrophe and its consequences through the exceptional art of Philip Grossman and revolutionary research by Project Chernobyl in elucidating the causes of the rapid increase in the incidence of thyroid cancer in the United States.

The exhibition is co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Belarus to the United Nations, Project Chernobyl (USA), Russian American Foundation (USA) and unite4:good (USA).

“I hope that this exhibition, although limited in its scope and duration, will remind us all, on the eve of the thirtieth Chernobyl anniversary, that we have an ultimate shared commitment to a better, safer and more prosperous planet.” ~ Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus

“Once again, the photographer Philip Grossman who has made seven expeditions into the Zone of Alienation documenting the devastating physical and psychological effects of the accident draws attention of the international community to the aftermath of one of the worst man-made disasters in history.” ~ Dr. Branovan, Founder of Project Chernobyl.

“Thirty years have passed since the terrible tragedy in Chernobyl, affecting not just surrounding Countries of Belarus and Ukraine but the entire world. Thirty years after we can remember about this tragic accident not only as a world disaster but a great lesson of how people from multiple countries united their efforts to curtail aftermath and reduce the disastrous effects of Chernobyl. Unite4:good is a worldwide organization to bring together multiple volunteers, organizations and influencers in order to help in time of need.  We at Unite4:good would like to remind the world that only by uniting our efforts for greater good we can prevent tragic accidents or greatly curtail the effects of them.” ~ Anthony Velikhov, Founder of Unite4:good

“As the curator of the exhibition, I can say that the artistic value and the social impact of Philip Grossman’s project cannot be overestimated.” ~ Marina Kovalyov, President of Russian American Foundation

"My work in the Chernobyl Zone of Exclusion is not meant to depress, but to help motivate us as well as help us learn to appreciate the delicate and amazing world in which we live." ~ Philip Grossman

 The 30th  anniversary of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant marks a significant milestone in the disaster prevention and mitigation efforts of the international community.

Chernobyl changed the way countries deal with nuclear power, safety and security and highlighted the need for joint efforts to prevent, react to, and mitigate the long-term consequences of a complex manmade disaster. The global community led by the United Nations has been involved in alleviating and overcoming the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster for almost three decades and has gained unique knowledge and experience, including best practices in moving from recovery to development.

One of the most crucial lessons of Chernobyl was that the world should stay vigilant and united in face of such disasters. Further concerted efforts are needed building on the previous years of cooperation and partnerships. They should focus on preserving and sharing the experience of overcoming complex consequences of a nuclear disaster in a broader UN context, including 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Sendai Framework of Disaster Risk Reduction.

It is not a coincidence that the images conveying the consequences of one of the worst man-made environmental disasters will be exhibited during the time of the Signing of the Paris Agreement – a landmark historic event that will bring Heads of State and other highest ranking officials from 196 countries to the UN General Assembly on April 22. It also coincides with the observance of the International Mother Earth Day on April 22.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition will be held on April 20 at 6:00 pm and will be attended by Heads of the UN diplomatic missions, members of the UN secretariat, Ministers and other high ranking diplomats from the United Nations Member States. For five full days, the collection of images documenting the devastating physical and psychological effects of the accident will be on display as a sobering reminder of the legacy of the Chernobyl disaster.

Author and exhibits:  Over the past 6 years, Philip Grossman has made 7 expeditions and spent over 65 days in the Zone of Alienation photographing, filming, and documenting the results of the world’s worst nuclear power plant accident. He has interviewed survivors and those who chose to resettle in the Zone in order to record their incredible stories for current and future generations. With an extraordinary visual
portfolio of over 60 hours of 4K video footage and over 20,000 still photographs, Philip is finalizing the production of his documentary, “Exploring the Zone”, while lecturing on the topic around the world to help history from getting lost with time. He has been featured in domestic and international publications and shows, including Russia Today Television, International Broadcasters Conference (IBC), Dutch News Design, Sony @ction Magazine, Video Maker Magazine, RedShark News, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and many others.