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Pripyat, Chernobyl (part 1 of 2)




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Published on Feb 20, 2008

Pripyat & Chernobyl Travel Blog:

A short film by Irish artist Nicky Larkin, shot in Pripyat, in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
The city of Pripyat was once considered the finest place to live in the whole of the Soviet Union. A thoroughly modern city, it was built in 1970 to house the workers of the new Chernobyl nuclear power plant and their families, and was once a happy home to 50,000 people. In the aftermath of the accident in Chernobyl in April 1986, the residents of Pripyat were instructed to pack one suitcase and told they would be returning in three days. One thousand buses were drafted in from all across the Soviet Union to take the residents of Pripyat out of their now highly contaminated homes. They never returned. 21 years later Pripyat stands empty, a ghost town deep within the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the last remaining Soviet city. This haunting experimental film by Irish artist Nicky Larkin takes you inside Pripyat and examines the relationship between time, nature and culture, in a city that will never be lived in again.

Selected for The Locarno Film Festival 2008, Switzerland, The European Media Art Festival 2008, Germany, and The Darklight Film Festival, Dublin.

Shot in September 2007
Running Time - 16 minutes
(Due to youtube limitations, it has been necessary to split Pripyat into two parts. If you wish to see the unsplit original version with stereo sound, visit

Nicky Larkin has a solo show in The Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, in October 2008, where he will create large-scale multi-screen video and sound installations based on his visit to Pripyat.


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