Niels Ackermann: The White Angel

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In April 2016, the world commemorated the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster. Instead of reminding once more the overly documented consequences of the accident Niels Ackermann chose to look toward the future. During three years, he photographed the youth of Slavutych: Ukraine’s youngest city. The town that was born from the catastrophe.  

The story documents the life of Yulia: a teenager he saw transforming into a young adult in front of his camera. As time passed by Yulia changed her occupations. From parties, drinks and short relationships to a married life with a job and serious responsibilities. She and her friends let Ackermann photograph them along this very crucial phase of life: the moment when we decide what we want to do of our life, where and with whom. A metamorphosis her own country is also going through, freeing itself in blood and pain from it’s neighbor Russia. Youngsters of Slavutych as well as of Ukraine are now fixing their parents mistakes and building a serene and prosperous future despite a difficult context.

Built in the middle of a forest 40 km away from the destroyed nuclear power plant, Slavutych was supposed to be one of the latest demonstrations of Soviet greatness. Since year 2000 Chernobyl stopped producing electricity therefore worsening the economic prospects of that strategic city. It now relies nearly exclusively on the construction of the new sarcophagus that will end in 2017. No clear plan seems ready yet to give the city a future.

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title

The White Angel

photographer

Niels Ackermann

text

Foreword by Andrey Kurkov Text by Gaetan Vannay

publisher

Les Édiions Noir sur Blanc

ISBN

9782882504210

year

2016

binding

softcover

size

16,5 x 23 x 1,6 cm

pages

192

language

English

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