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Exhibit: After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart, Harper Memorial Library Commons, March 28-May 20

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After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart

In the 25th anniversary year of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, this stirring exhibit examines the everyday life and struggles of people living in the disaster’s wake.

The exhibit opens on March 28, 2011 and continues through May 20, 2011.

Exhibit Location:
Harper Memorial Library Commons, Stuart Reading Room
3rd Floor of the Harper Memorial Library Building
1116 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Public Viewing Hours:
Monday through Saturday, 9am – 6pm
Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Free Admission

When a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded in April 1986, it sent radioactive contamination across the world. In Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, 350,000 people lost their homes. Some 850,000 participated in the clean-up efforts. Now 25 years later, six million people continue to live in contaminated areas. The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone remains a terra incognita: closed to the public, inaccessible, misunderstood, alternately feared and forgotten, and used as a political weapon by competing interest groups.

After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart documents the experiences and everyday struggles of people living in the wake of Chernobyl. Through the images and stories shared in the exhibit, visitors will learn why thousands of people still work or live inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone a generation after the accident; why so many remain nearby in their radiation-affected villages; and how people cope with the unexpected life changes caused by the accident.

About the Artist:
Michael Forster Rothbart is a photojournalist, whose projects explore the human impacts of environmental change. His interactive website After Chernobyl resulted from his Fulbright year in Ukraine. After years in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and India, Forster Rothbart now lives in upstate New York and photographs for educational institutions — primarily colleges, museums, and private schools. His next documentary project, Fracking Pennsylvania, will explore the effects of natural gas drilling on rural communities.

After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart opens on March 28, 2011 and continues through May 20, 2011.

Sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasoan Studiesthe Center for International Studiesthe Program on the Global Environmentthe Global Health Initiativethe U of C Arts Council,Harper Memorial Library Commons, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information please contact CEERES at or 773-702-0875.


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