Zone of Alienation


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A 30-km, uninhabited—except by squatters—zone around the site of the Chernobyl disaster which includes the northern districts of the Kiev and Zhytomyr provinces of Ukraine, and part of Belarus
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A DEAD area extending 30km in all directions from the destroyed plant is officially called the "zone of alienation".
Perhaps the mostly quietly compelling series is Azerbaijani photographer Rena Effendi's "Still Life in the Zone." The clever wordplay in the title suggests the photographs are still lifes, taken in and around the homes of the 200-odd people -- mostly old ladies -- who live inside the Zone of Alienation surrounding Chernobyl's former nuclear plant.
To this day, 25 years after Chernobyl exploded, the town itself and nearby city of Pripyat remain abandoned, part of a huge zone of alienation in northern Ukraine where human beings can no longer live.