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News: Posters of the "4. Block" Triennial and Chernobyl photos in Switzerland
November 11, 2004

Oleg Veklenko, the director of the International Poster Triennials "4. Block" in Kharkov, Ukraine, will open an exhibition in Basel, Switzerland, of selected posters from the 2003 Triennial. He will also show photographs that he took at Chernobyl during his work as liquidator a few days and weeks after the accident on April 24, 1986.

Place: BAZ City Forum, Aeschenplatz 7, Basel, Switzerland
Date: Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 1830

The exhibition will be open during the events of the Culturescapes festival on Ukraine which include a Chernobyl Symposium on Saturday, November 13, at 1100, and a Round Table discussion "Ukraine What Next?" on Sunday, November 14, at 1100, in which Oleg Veklenko and Anna Shishkova, organizer of the 4th Block Triennial, will participate.

On Monday, November 15, Oleg Veklenko and Anna Shishkova will give a lecture and slide show "Chernobyl, an ecological artifact" in Bern, Switzerland.

Place: HKB - Hochschule der Kuenste Bern, Fellerstrasse 11, 3027 Bern, Switzerland
Date: Monday, November 15, 2004, 1215 - 1330

Oleg Veklenko
"Remember 4th Block!" Documentary photography. Honored artist of the Ukraine, Professor of Kharkov Academy of Design and Arts Oleg Veklenko arrived in Chernobyl on April, 29th, 1989. Just like many other Ukrainian reserve officers, he was mobilized. For a few days he didn't get to Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and was impatient to get to see the contaminated ruins of 4th block. Then for two months 4th block became his everyday reality. Dozens of young men, pulled out of their usual life and dressed in military uniform had to do totally unheroic mundane jobs - digging soil, loading containers, washing the machines of the plant with soap powder. Occasional pictures that Oleg took almost absent-mindedly have become a priceless document and a memory of those who are gone now. Documentary photographs printed from scratched negatives, some spoilt by radiation, were one of the corner-stones that 4th Block Eco Poster and Graphics Triennial began with in 1991.

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