© Ingel Vaikla

The Shift at MHKA


  • Ingel Vaikla

HD video installation, 10’ loop, stereo sound

The Chernihiv–Ovruch railway line in northern Ukraine passes through South Belarus and the restricted Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Every morning 3000 people take the workers’ train to the decommissioned nuclear power plant. In 1986 Chernobyl power station reactor No. 4 was the site of one of the biggest nuclear catastrophes in history. The accident still marks the beginning of the downfall of former USSR. The video studies shape of the train as an architectural non-space which functions as a vacuum in a movement through multiple dimensions of time and space.