The Flowering of Chernobyl in the work of Ukrainian artist Stepan Ryabchenko

Stepan Ryabchenko. "Chernobyl". From the “Computer Viruses” series (2011)

Stepan Ryabchenko. “Chernobyl”. From the “Computer Viruses” series (2011)

On April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant there was the largest technological disaster in the history of mankind, and on April 26, 1999 in the history of the Internet.

Due to the date of activation on April 26 and its destructive properties, this computer virus, which caused the “epidemic” in 1999 in a number of countries, was called “Chernobyl”. In the name of a terrible catastrophe that has taken many lives, with long-term consequences for the entire world, and has become a symbol of how fatal human carelessness, irresponsibility, and concealment of the truth can be. This work, created in 2011, is gaining new reading in today’s situation, where the world is gripped by a previously unknown virus that has been the first such a global test for humanity since the Chernobyl disaster.

“Ever since I visualized the Chernobyl computer virus, I have always been interested in the blossoming inflorescence on its monochrome matter … I continue to believe and hope” Stepan Ryabchenko.


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