An Illustrated Guide to the Post-catastrophe Future

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Sarah D. Phillips
Sarah Ostaszewski


This article is a satirical consideration of real and hypothetical projects to “revitalize” parts of the 30 kilometer zone of alienation around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. This tongue-in-cheek treatment reveals that projects for “redevelopment” and “exploitation” of the contaminated zone are about many things: money, ideology, memory, fantasy, safety, power, ethics, and the value of life itself.

Keywords: Chernobyl, Pripyat, tourism, revitalization, satire, visual anthropology, Ukraine


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Special Issue: Memories, commemorations, and representations of Chernobyl