"This image is taken from a screenshot during a "visit" to Chernobyl on the Internet via Google Maps. Chernobyl is a strong symbol of our time, a warning that we seem not to want to hear. The answer to the evils of humanity is always: technology. Technology needs energy.
Chernobyl is the first contemporary archaeological site destroyed by human hands, thanks to its intelligence, its ability to invent, a remnant of a civilization executed by its need for energy, a kind of Easter nuclear island, a history that repeats itself exponentially.
This work is significant for my current work, for my interest in the damaged things that tell us the story of Man, these artifacts impregnated with the passage of life, an aesthetic resulting from destruction, poetry due to the wear and tear of time.
This work stems from a series that began in early 2018, which began with "huts in the trees", my vision of a middle class, often young, educated and paradoxical. I used both these colors: cheerful, strange, sinister, unrealistic to express the invisible, which is the main presence in Chernobyl today." - Patrick Santoni