As Antidote’s vision is to present work from artists who are exceptionally talented and tell important stories – we cannot pass up Stanislava Pinchuk and her exquisitely detailed, topographic prints. She has just landed from Los Angeles and has a big week in Sydney ahead of her as she opens her newest exhibition ‘Sarcophagus’ at China Heights Gallery this Friday, 28th April – and then launches her latest book ‘Fukushima’, the third collaborative artist monograph made by Stanislava Pinchuk & La Chambre Graphique Paris, at Bassike’s Paddington Store next Tuesday May 2nd.


We asked Stanislava for some behind the scenes details about the work for Sarcophagus – the Chernobyl Reactor 4 Tapestry.


“I suppose the start of this work was the beginning of the Ukrainian Civil War, and
dealing with the shock of seeing my home invaded. The next body of work, in the Fukushima
Nuclear Exclusion zone, I suppose also came from a compulsion to map a conflict somewhere
that I called home. And somehow, going back to Chernobyl, and having access to Reactor 4,
felt like a full loop, a completed circle of understanding the conflict in my homes, in my lifetime.
The work is the largest I have ever made ; a 6 metre tapestry, data mapping the radiation levels
on the ground at the Reactor. It tells the story of a sarcophagus ; part burial shroud, part wedding veil.
Part a study of bee-keeping the Zone – kind of braiding together my family story ; one half bee keepers,
one half lace makers.”


The exhibition is open from April 28th – May 14th at China Heights Gallery –  Level 3, 16 Foster Street, Surry Hills, Sydney. 


Stanislava’s new book ‘Fukushima’ covers her latest body of work, data mapping the topographies in the Fukushima Nuclear Exclusion Zone, Japan. It features full colour replicas of all paper works, as well as her reference & research photographs from the ground. It also features an extensive interview on her practice with the artist Ian Strange, and on both artists’ work within the zone at the same time, recorded in NYC.
Bassike in Paddington is located at 26 Glenmore Road and is welcoming guests from 6pm.


Read more about Stanislava in our artist feature.

Stanislava Pinchuk, Chernobyl Reactor 4 : V Pin-holes on paper 87 x 117 cm, 2017.