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AGNIESZKA RAYSS. “THE LAST CONVERSATION WITH ACADEMICIAN SAKHAROV” (POLAND)

04.07. – 11.08.2019

The exhibition “The Last Conversation with Academician Sakharov” featuring works by Polish photographer Agnieszka Rayss will be on view from July 4 at the Latvian Museum of Photography.

Agnieszka Rayss traced the remains of a Soviet nuclear test site in Northern Kazakhstan. This particular site was known as the Polygon, and was one of the main areas for the nuclear programme of the Soviet Union. Until 1989, when the site was closed, over 450 detonations were carried out in about 40 years. Even today, many locals suffer because of the radioactive contamination that has been found in soil, food, and water. The small town Semipalatinsk 21 was built to manage the scientific centre and the experimental areas located in the close vicinity. Nowadays, the town is renamed Kurchatov, after the Soviet nuclear physicist Igor Kurchatov, who was leading the Soviet atomic programme.

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