I've been so busy it's untrue, probably 500 hours+ spent on this trip and exhibition tour organisation. I've learned a lot, mainly not to lose £5,000, not to be in charge of a budget and not to imagine others to be as passionate about this subject as I am. When I talk about the forthcoming Chernobyl visit, people either say 'WOW!' or 'What?! WHY??!' You either get it or you don't...
|Pripyat Apartment Block, a landing next to a lift shaft.|
In other news, after 5 months of trying to source an East German/Russian-looking modernist 70's armchair reminiscent of those abandoned in many Pripyat apartments, for under £100 (or not) I found it impossible... actually impossible so I got this.
The lovely Alan of Kiwi Trading had this one tucked up in his lockup, and at a bargain price of course, in fact the money that is rattling down the side might actually cover it's cost. I'll have to work on it in order for it to become part of my installation, but I am aware it could all go horribly wrong and I'll still have to find another chair.
|Of the period (just English)|
And so our collective now has a name, it was a rush job but I am pretty happy with my suggestion. I did give the group a multiple choice and they went for this: '26:86 Collective'; derived from the date of the Chernobyl disaster - 26th April 1986. Specific yes but it's the single reason we came together after all and...it does what it says on the tin. So the press have started to take an interest, I've done 2 interviews and a photo-shoot with professional people, and it's not easy being shy(!). This is the first story to be published, a lovely young guy came round...http://www.liveandloveteesside.co.uk/teesside-artists-explore-chernobyl-30-years/
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