"French Spring" showed the Exclusion Zone in a new perspective
Within the framework of the week of the "French Spring" in Kyiv during the opening of the exhibition of photographs of the famous French photographer Guillaume Herbaut "Zone, 2009-2011", which was held with the support of the French Embassy in the Taras Shevchenko Museum on April 17, representatives of the SAUEZM expressed gratitude to the author and the French side for the special attitude and support in overcoming the consequences of the Chornobyl accident, as well as the development of the Exclusion Zone.
According to Guillaume Herbaut, he has long been interested in the Exclusion Zone and has been visiting it for several years in a row. In France, his photo exhibitions on the theme of Chornobyl have been held several times already, and in Ukraine it is the first.
"In my photos, I tried to convey the mood so that the viewer could return to the past and feel the atmosphere of the Zone that was almost 10 years ago, as well as leave a memory of what human error could cause," - the author commented.
During the opening ceremony, Vitalii Petruk, Head of SAUEZM noted that during more than 10 years of cooperation with the French Republic, relations between our countries have grown into a strong friendship, backed up by time.
"Together with other countries in the world, among which France occupies an important place, we have fought and struggled to reduce the level of radiation in the territory of the Exclusion Zone. Through joint efforts, we managed to build the largest moving and technologically unique protective building in the world - a new safe confinement. Also, I want to emphasize that the development of one of the important areas of the Exclusion Zone - the construction of an alternative energy park is supported by French experts. And today, thanks to the financing of the Government of France, we have a feasibility study for this project, developed in accordance with the highest international standards, and we look forward to its successful implementation," - Head of SAUEZM emphasized.
Vitalii Petruk also emphasized that the first murals in the Exclusion Zone appeared precisely thanks to the French artists. He thanked for the new impressions from the author's photos on the eve of the 32nd anniversary of the Chornobyl accident, which helps to feel the contrast and appreciate the current changes in the Exclusion Zone, because today it is another territory - the territory of the revival of nature, science and technological breakthrough.