Alina Rudya discovered fragments from her past and utilized such pieces for a very special personal project. Her work “Persons Unknown: Portraits of the Lost City” is currently being showcased in an exhibit at Berlin’s Kleiner Salon.
Through her project Persons Unknown, Ukrainian photographer Alina Rudya unearthed remnants of her past through several portraits of unknown people taken on the streets and nearby dwellings of of Pripyat, Ukraine. Pripyat is now a ghost town, the ghost town where she was evacuated after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster that happened on April 26, 1986.
She recovered photographic memorabilia from her family’s archive. The snapshots, leisure pictures, and random images of daily life, all of which “accidentally capture in their backgrounds the citizens of this now deserted city.”
“These enlarged portraits, sometimes blurry and almost unrecognizable, are a tribute to the people who once lived, worked, loved, laughed, and cried in a once-vibrant place that is now lost. Ghostly images are exactly what they are – inhabitants in a ghost town, I don’t know who they are or where are they from; the only thing I know, and what unites them all, is that they are not there anymore.”
Persons Unknown: Portraits of the Lost City, the exhibit, runs at Berlin’s Kleiner Salon till September 30.
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