Tineke van Veen
The year 2020 is becoming marked by a renewed focus on air. The presence of an invisible enemy targeting our respiratory system reminds us that we are not in charge - not only are our infrastructures inadequate to cope with a threat like this, but our human senses and understanding fail to comprehend the scale and effects of potential contagion, nor contain it.
The series Unsettling Dust by Tineke van Veen explores the lived, bodily experience of radiation by focusing on the relationship between post-nuclear landscapes and radioactive dust. Tineke van Veen attempts to tackle the gap in understanding the issue by changing the scale: instead of detaching the viewer from the spectacle and experience of the sublime that characterizes nuclear landscapes, Unsettling Dust wishes to focus on the intimate and the sense of alienation. The black and white photography depicting dust and the post-nuclear landscape of Vaujours, a commune in the northeastern suburbs of Paris where the first nuclear tests of France took place, are all made with a custom made camera.