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Robert Knoth

More information about his project.


Ardak, 33 years old , is suffering from a rare bone disease which makes his body shrink. His body shrunk around 30 centimeters; his weight is 34 kilo’s. As a boy he witnessed an accident with a nuclear test near Djegele mountains where he worked during the summer when he was 13 years old. ?here was explosion, followed by an earthquake, and suddenly a column of smoke and dust rose up in the sky.” He has two children and is very worried about their future. A reported 498 nuclear tests were conducted by the Soviet Union between 1949 and 1989. 118 atmospheric nuclear tests, 26 above ground and 454 underground nuclear test. Although above ?ground testing was terminated in 1962, vented underground detonations occurred through out 1989. Last one took place in 1989 and resulted in a leakage of large amounts of radio-active gases. The nuclear tests caused wide spread radio active contamination in particular in Kazakhstan and Siberia

Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan



Weeks ago a decided not not react in my blog to political actualities anymore.
Too much to become angry about, day after day.

The mighty take the risks and the people of the world bleed for it.
Profits are private, the damage done is public.
The word “hypocrite” is a synonym for being a politician.

Earthquakes happen, people die.
Sad enough.
But nuclear disasters are man made.
That´s an other dimension.

A disaster we don´t fully grasp yet, and maybe we never will.
It´s consequences will have to be shouldered by us and the following generations.

Japanese workers are trying to save what there is to save. They will die suffering from all kinds of cancer.
Those carrying the responsibility for these nuclear plants and those pocketing it´s profits never even will come anywhere close to this dangerous place.
They will become old in peace.

In times like these sometimes I wonder that life just goes on, as if nothing has happened, but it just goes on.

Hiromi Tschuchida´s matter-of-fact Hiroshima photographs reach out to the past, and Robert Knoths fine work shows us the present of individuals damaged, damaged by nuclear “incidents” that happened some thirty years ago.

I like both projects because the silence of the language they use.




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March 27