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Jane and Louise Wilson, Atomgrad 7 (Nature Abhors a Vacuum), 2010, C-print, Diasec mounted with aluminum and Perspex, 71 x 89 3/4". From the series “Atomgrad (Nature Abhors a Vacuum).”

Jane and Louise Wilson

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Jane and Louise Wilson, Atomgrad 7 (Nature Abhors a Vacuum), 2010, C-print, Diasec mounted with aluminum and Perspex, 71 x 89 3/4". From the series “Atomgrad (Nature Abhors a Vacuum).”

A yardstick lies beneath a desk in a destroyed schoolroom. Windows are blown out, notebooks are scattered, and rubble streams among the desks as though deposited by a glacier. The ceiling is pockmarked, the walls are crumbling, and paint peels away in great strips.

This photograph, from the series “Atomgrad (Nature Abhors a Vacuum),” 2010, was taken in Pripyat, Ukraine, a town built for workers at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and abandoned after the disaster there in 1986. Another work from the series shows a sort of amphitheater, austere in the Soviet fashion, with most of its light filtering in through a dirty window. Three bolted chairs on a stage are the only places left to sit. Where there once must have been benches or seating is now a mess of broken concrete and tiles fallen from the ceiling. Oddly enough, a row of papers remains tacked on the wall. A third photo looks

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