Active Space


Hermetically sealed places are secured against unauthorized entry or intrusion. This also includes radioactively contaminated facilities. In a series on the dismantling of nuclear facilities in Germany, I looked at this: What do they look like, these nuclear reactors, from the inside, how does it feel to be in protective clothing in such places, even if only for a very limited time. Access to these places requires a lot of work: permits at various levels, radiation tests before and after entering, verifiable follow-up, etc. My work was not about photographic documentation, nor about the so-called photography of "dark places," but about trying to decontextualize them. What do schemes or close-ups in light boxes exhibited in a white cube convey? The footage was partially released by the NPPs only after a lengthy review.