Belfast Exposed presents AEON, a solo exhibition by Swiss photographer and artist Marcel Rickli. AEON explores radioactive waste repositories and how they will affect humanity for generations to come. Rickli explores how humanity can create symbols and language that will be capable of warning future generations of the dangerous sites for thousands of years to come.
Rickli reflects on these pressing concerns in a work that blurs the lines of documentary photography and conceptual art. AEON contrasts the symbols of nuclear semiotics with imagery of radioactive storehouses as they are planned and built today. The project illustrates the difficulty of defining signs and symbols whose meaning and physical structure can last to communicate for future generations. It poses questions about the future of mankind, unites approaches from physics, futurology, anthropology and sociology and culminates in the simple but existential question: What endures?
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