14 Sixteen Nuclear Power Stations | John O'Brian

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14 Sixteen Nuclear Power Stations | John O'Brian

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Title                Sixteen Nuclear Power Stations
Artist               John O’Brian
Year                2014
Medium          Gicleé print on 290gsm Hahnemühle Bamboo paper         
Dimensions     79.6 x 55.3cm
Edition            20
Unframed

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Sixteen Nuclear Power Stations was created to coincide with the exhibition After The Flash: Photography from the Atomic Archive, 10 October–20 December 2014.

After The Flash: Photography from the Atomic Archive explores the intertwined histories of photography and nuclear technologies, and the camera’s role in constructing the public image of atomic energy and ‘the bomb’. The exhibition contrasts the ‘technological sublime’ that dominates much nuclear-themed photography—from mushroom clouds to cooling towers—with representations of personal encounters and experiences, tracing the hazy lines between spectacle and humanitarian documentation. Photographic fragments offer insight into broader nuclear narratives and reveal recurring tensions between invisibility and visibility, and obliteration and transformation.

Drawing on the extensive personal ‘atomic archive’ of art historian and curator John O’Brian, After The Flash focuses on North American visual culture in the early decades of the Cold War from the 1940s to the 1960s, coinciding with the emerging ‘golden age’ of photojournalism.