blank postcards sent to Prypiat
and Fukushima

The nuclear disaster at the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in the canton of Fukushima, Japan resulted in yet another case of a residential region turning into a ghost town.

After the earthquake, but still at the time of rescue operations, I sent postcards to the town halls of the towns affected and, at the same time, to the town of Prypiat (close to Chernobyl).

I wanted certainty.

The post cards were manufactured from paper of the brand “Munken” - a pure material, able to react sensitively to the environment. They served as a special kind of litmus.

Because the locations had been classified as “inaccessible” and thus treated as non-existent by the local postal service, the postcards were returned a few weeks later.