Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner was set in a nuclear dystopia in November 2019.
and here we are.
The earth is powdered with radioactive isotopes, like icing sugar on a cake. A thin yellow line registers in our teeth, our bones and in the geologic strata. Nuclear dystopia is here and it is unequally distributed.
After a recent road trip to visit Anangu lands in and around Maralinga- one of three sites of British nuclear testing in Australia – this group of artists and activists consider the nuclear present and what it means to ‘record the future that is already here’*.
*Jasbir Puar, Terrorist Assemblages
About the Artists
This exhibition is by a group of artists and activists living in Australia, Aotearoa and USA: Tessa Rex, Yul Scarf, Jessie Boylan, Andrea Steves, Crunch Kefford, Gem Romuld, Alex Moulis. Their individual work confronting the nuclear industry spans audio, photography, video, installation, community radio, Nobel fucking Peace Prize-winning nuclear disarmarment advocacy, and working with nuclear-affected communities from New Mexico to Yalata. In August 2019 they travelled together to Maralinga, one of the three nuclear testing sites in Australia.
Dimity Hawkins AM, Nuclear free activist and advocate; co-founder of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons (ICAN) opened the show.