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Le Carré d’Art : Samuel Bollendorff : Contaminations


I circled the earth in 2018. It only takes a few hours because it is so small and fragile. And wherever my gaze went, it got lost in the darkness. A dead river over 650 km, deformed fish, radioactive forests, children born without eyes, gangsters who traffic nuclear waste, plastic waste adrift in the middle of an ocean that have become the first links in a chain of degenerate food… Why did we let it happen? Contaminations offers a reflection on irremediable industrial pollution, transforming for decades, even centuries, territories into areas unsuitable for the development of life. A world tour of areas contaminated by man in the 21st century  and his chemical, mining or nuclear industries, which leaves entire swathes of our planet soiled, as a legacy for generations to come. Methane, prussic acid, phosgene, red phosphorus, ethylene oxide, vinyl chloride, phenols, derivatives of arsenic, cyanide, chlorine, hydrogen sulfide, caustic soda, petroleum, bisphenol, DDT and PCB are all molecules and synthetic products whose concentrations in the soil, water and the food chain will take decades, centuries, sometimes thousands of...

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