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Springtime in Chernobyl

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Nd death people and land and what comes after disasterThe premise is Emmanuel returns to Chernobyl to document the lives of the people and general landscape through art as if to reveal some truth It starts with him reading a book called Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich an actual book containing interviews with survivors first responders and politicians on the way to Chernobyl and the text we read depict what ground zero was like death suffering confusion denial panic tragedy He and others are expecting their art to be documentations on death like death suffering confusion denial panic tragedy He and others are expecting their art to be documentations on death darknessIn the build up to his arrival he develops ligamentjoint issues with his drawing hand and resorts to using pastels chalks and water colors which end up being the PERFECT mediums to represent his experience He can t directly communicate with the families and inhabitants has to carry a meter to check radiation levels be cautious of food has to think through every mundane action like dropping a piece of chalk on the ground it s radioactive and figure out how to capture the truth of the place and lives of people when radiation in invisible and ever presentIf you don t think that sounds like much of a plot you re correct This is a contemplative evocative documentary of reflection empathy hope and an examination of how the destructive arrogance of mankind brings about tragedy but cannot snuff out the human drive to carry on and live in the face of death It meanders and is hazy at times ust like the mediums he uses for his images but you as the reader are never disconnected from the feeling or mood of the panelI highly recommend this for those who want to walk around Chernobyl for a day and see the blooming of hope and life in an unlikely place Hmmm There s really not a lot to say about this book In 2008 a group of anti nuclear activists and artists traveled to Chernobyl to document the lives of the survivors and their families as well as the devastation to the surrounding area Lepage was among them but was surprised to find beauty and resilience instead of fear and despairThis is certainly not to downplay the tragedy of the disaster and the very real dangers of the lingering radiation Just read it You ll see what I mean The artwork is gorgeous mainly black and white with impactful moments of color Definitely recommended This is not your husband any a man who has been near the core tells his wife This is a radioactive object Since I Tell Me About Eternity just read the great new work of comicsournalism from Joe Sacco Paying the Land a work focused on the Dene First Nation peoples of the Northwest territories in part about the desecration of the land in the process of extracting oil and gas for energy I looked for another work of comics ournalism focused on the land and found this Springtime in Chernobyl by Emmanuel Lepage about another kind of land *Desecration And Nuclear Both *and nuclear energy Both projects done by outsiders going to a place to bear witness Ecoart tourism Perhaps but something deeper is going on here in the effort to explore today in the light of troubled environmental history A nuclear waste dump shaped li. The lives of the survivors and their children living on the highly contaminated land Upon making the decision to travel there Emmanuel has the feeling that he is defying death and when he finds himself on a train to Ukraine where the old power station is located a uestion keeps popping up in his mind What am I doing her. Ewhere between smeared charcoal and restless water colours The gritty noirish uality of the colouring gives this a ghost story feel at times but then later on we get some scenes that could almost be lifted from a Monet water colour or Hockney s Four Seasons French writers and illustrators go to Chernobyl in 2008 and try to make sense of a place that is teeming with life while the spectre of death seems to be hiding everywhereFantastic art let s start with that Just incredibly beautiful I Was Less Enamoured was less enamoured Lepage s commentary which doesn t add much and sometimes makes the book too much about him The observation that death haunts this place while being practically invisible gets repeated a lot and isn t as interesting as Lepage thinks it is It s probably also because of the recent renewed interest in Chernobyl what with books like Midnight at Chernobyl and the mini series ChernobylBut the art remains stellar Emmanuel Lepage went to Chernobyl in 2008 with group of artist from France and this is his artistic memoir of that experience I like that it s from the French perspective and he talks about what was happening in France in 1986 during the disaster and how France at the time chose to ignore it and not contribute because they were so and how France at the time chose to ignore it and not contribute because they were so of their own nuclear program 75% of Frances energy comes from nuclear energy There are currently have 57 reactors in France as of 2020 For me there wasn t any new information I went to Chernobyl myself in 2018 10 years after he did and can relate to some of the experiences he had My partner was there two days before the incident visiting her family who lived in Pripyat I ve developed a strange closeness and fascination of the place over the years I imagine this book is much better and poetic in it s original French A minor point for most but the Ukrainian in the book is off whenever drawn in the book Little things add up like constantly saying Budma which is wrong it s Budmo The traditional Ukrainian song sung was actually Belarusian stuff like that All in all it s a nice book I checked it out from my local library I will agree with him though you go to Chernobyl expecting to see death but you end up seeing a lot of life there Had I spent days there like he did and wasn t overwhelmed by the constant noise my Geiger counter was making I could easily see how you would eventually start to forget you were in a disaster area and instead in peaceful and uiet overgrown nature Picked this one up on a whim It s not as insightful or as haunting as I d anticipated but it does possess some wonderful imagery and ideas It s about the people of modern day Chernobyl and the surrounding towns than of the disaster itself or the ecological impact A super uick read On April 26 1986 the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl went into *Meltdown Rendering The Area *rendering the area and causing long term health issues and deaths for people in other countries due to winds carrying the fallout the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone still won t be habitable for another few hundred years This book is not about that story but a beautiful memoir of tragedy Thousands of miles in every direction contaminating a populace unaware of its danger and who cannot protect themselves At that time Emmanuel Lepage was 19 years old watching and listening incredulous to the news on television22 years later April 2008 he travels to Chernobyl to report both in writing and drawings about. .
Haunting and poetic Springtime in Chernobyl follows the authorartist on an excursion to Chernobyl ostensibly to document the blasted landscape for
nuclear energy purposes As the suggests Lepage discovers a verdant world filled with charming locals rather than miles of deserted hulking ruins Through gorgeous cautiously evolving art and somewhat generic internal dialogue Lepage illustrates this startling reversal of expectations *SPRINGTIME IN CHERNOBYL IS A POWERFUL READ IF SOMEWHAT *in Chernobyl is a powerful read if somewhat Lepage s focus on his direct surroundings sends the larger story of Chernobyl to the background The haunting story of the 1986 meltdown is covered in the first handful of pages while the rest of the book stays rooted in the current landscape It s still a fascinating and memorable read though the impact is slighter than what the reader and Lepage might have been hoping for Un printemps TchernobylEmmanuel LepageI was expecting something different I am usually pretty good at picking the books I read and often then not I get what I expect but not this time I figured I was going to get an history lesson about the tragic events of 1986 at Tchernobyl this is the French spelling In 1986 I was 7 I don t remember anything about it only the aftermath this vague fear of nuclear energy that seems to spread amongst the population even in far away Canada Instead I got the story of Lepage visiting Tchernobyl today and some musing about his d marche artistiue Not necessarily a bad thing unsurprisingly people still live around the site that is how strong the pull from home will always be although it could also be argued that those people might not have a choice I wouldn t know Just like for me and this book I guess Tchernobyl didn t uite meet Lepage s expectations either He had to reconcile what he saw with the expectations of his sponsors and this forced him to engage into a reflection about his work Interestingly the way the visitors carry themselves around the invisible but deadly radiation mirrors the way most people were acting at the beginning of the pandemicThe opening features some heavy hitting uotes from La Supplication which propelled me to endeavour to read it one of these day I suspect this will be a oyless read There is some oy however in Un Printemps Tchernobyl and some beauty as well and it might be worth your while if this event interests you Fantastic art in this one but ultimately a shallow exploration of Chernobyl a couple decades after The Disaster I Was Hoping For A disaster I was hoping for a through line beyond artists hand hurt but then the inspiration of the landscapes made the pain go away More thorough explorations of the personalities of the people living outside the contamination zone would have been nice 35 Stars His skin started cracking on his arms and legs He became covered with boils You have to understand this is not your husband anybut a radioactive object This is notable in that it takes a slightly different angle towards Chernobyl and we get a freshish look at the exclusion zone and the people who live around the fringes of it The art work moves som. A memoir of disaster death and tragedy linking the events of the nuclear meltdown to the survivors who are still dealing with its affectsApril 26 1986 Chernobyl the reactor core of the nuclear power plant begins to melt It is the greatest nuclear disaster of the twentieth century A cloud laden with radionuclides travels. ,