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«Posttraumatic (Herbarium)»

The exhibition contains plant compositions collected by the artist in the polluted after the Chernobyl accident in 1986 village of Strakholissia, which population was not evacuated. The visitors will also see videos and photos taken on this territory in cooperation with the photographer Vitalii Ocheretianyi and camerawoman SvietaDiodna-Dudiak.

The project considers the relationship between human and the environment in the post-traumatic period. The artist observes plant communities in strong radiation pollution conditions. The process of immersion in adverse environment transforms her personal fear and gives an impulse to reconsidering and searching for the new opportunities for growth and development.

Recovery through destruction or posttraumatic growth – is the main subject of the exhibition. It raises the question of where the breaking point of our personal limit is located (is it?), and is there a destruction of such force to make further progress impossible?

In 1995, Dr. Richard Tedeschi and Dr. Lawrence Calhoun defined the term PTG ‒ an abbreviation for «post traumatic growth» ‒ a paradoxical phenomenon, which consists in qualitative growth as a result of controversial experiences. Researchers have been studying this phenomenon for more than 20 years, and they are mostly concerned by the question: where is the break point? The limit of endurance is shifted at one time or another, and no clear coordinates exist; the result depends on a large number of different factors, so it’s difficult to calculate the exact forecast. The degree of plant or human communities adaptability could be estimated by analyzing the changes that have occurred to communities over the time in certain circumstances.

Polluted after the Chernobyl accident in 1986 territory is a unique place for studying, fixing, analyzing, collecting material for work, reconsidering and monitoring the growth process in adverse conditions. Nature is seemed to retrieve itself ‒ it’s a process of recovery through destruction, the Post Traumatic Growth. The worst technogenic catastrophe in history of mankind haven’t crossed the the limit beyond which there is no chance. Does this mean that we also have the strength to move forward, despite the adverse factors affecting our lives ‒ both personal and social?

Being on this or that side of this relative «limit has no sense», because only the place where our personal limit lies is important. The map fragments are eloquent demonstration of the destruction that on certain degree affects everything, and the question is: whether we could move forward under such pressure of adverse factors?

Project team:

Photo – Vitalii Ocheretianyi

Video – SvietaDiodna Dudiak

Editing – Andrii Lobov

Special thanks to Olesia Dolzhenko and Valentyn Chornyi.

«Posttraumatic (Herbarium)» project was implemented with the support of the AEQUO Law Firm – the partner of the contest for young Ukrainian artists MUHi 2017, and the 4i Capital investment firm.

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