Diana Thater: Chernobyl

David Zwirner, New York, 9 November – 22 December 2012

By Jonathan T.D. Neil

Diana Thater, Chernobyl, 2010, (installation view), David Zwirner, New York, 2012

‘Postapocalyptic’ deserves retirement. It’s had a long, hard-working life, and yet still doesn’t complain when it’s called up to pull the deadweight of descriptive laziness and capitulations to cliché. Take your pick of the ruined, the abandoned, the murdered land, but apocalypse will never make a genuine appearance on earth. As a concept, it’s total. Whereas our human imaginations are merely regional: we kill ourselves by the square foot, never all at once. Which is why nothing comes after the…

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