The works of the artist symbolize the revival of the region and the breath of a new life. Through this project, the author extols photographs beyond the scope of ordinary documentary photography.
The exhibition presents 35 photographs taken by photographer Eric Wazzler in the historical region from February to March 2019.
Deputy Director of the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan A. Satubaldin: “The author has dedicated his creativity and skill to France, Germany, Poland and the countries of the post-Soviet space. Earlier he gave creative master classes on photographing children with psycho-neurological disorders, Down syndrome and visually impaired children. The image of the Semipalatinsk nuclear testing site can be clearly defined at the current photo exhibition, ” said A. Satubaldin.
The main characters of this photo exhibition are children and teenagers living in the territory of the former Semipalatinsk nuclear testing site in the village of Sarzhal, East Kazakhstan region. For 40 years in the area were tested weapons of mass destruction. In total, about 500 nuclear tests were carried out at the Semipalatinsk nuclear testing site. The total power of all these explosions is 2500 times the power of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
The proving ground, which brought so much suffering to Kazakhstan, was closed in the fall of 1991 on the initiative of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy N.A. Nazarbayev. This decision became the main symbol of the struggle for a nuclear-free world and served as a vivid example for other countries in the implementation of the anti-nuclear policy.
The Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of France in the Republic of Kazakhstan Philippe Martiné: “This year is the Year of Youth. In Kazakhstan, there are a lot of events dedicated to youth. For our part, we also decided to support the youth of Kazakhstan, and allocated 100 grants to study in France. And today's exhibition is also part of a project dedicated to youth. The photographs of children presented at this exhibition give us hope for a bright future for all,”shared his opinion Philip Martiné.
Eric Wazzler began his professional career in 1968 in the editorial staff of the magazine Liberation and in the youth agency Vu.
It should be noted that this is not the first joint project of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the French photographer Eric Wazzler. Previously, he conducted training master classes on photographing children with psycho-neurological pathologies, Down syndrome, and also visually impaired children.
Residents and guests of the capital will be able to see the exhibition of the French artist from 10 to 20 April 2019.