“The Exclusion Zone”

“The Exclusion Zone”, wooden doll house, twigs, tree bark, papier-mâché, plaster, glue, paint, 35” x 25” x 15” (90 x 62 x 40 cm), 2013

Exhibition view, “30:2”, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts



Severe events could cause the extinction of human life on the planet Earth. The age of the Earth is about 4.5 billion years and billions of species have gone extinct throughout our planet’s history. Currently, scientists estimate that 150-200 species become extinct every 24 hours.

Nature is powerful, it consumes everything. As we can see decades after nuclear Chernobyl disaster in Eastern Europe, wildlife in that area defies radiation. Even though it contains some of the most contaminated land in the world, it has become a haven for wildlife. The exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station is teeming with life. There may be plutonium in the zone, but there is no herbicide or pesticide, no industry, no traffic, no people. There is nothing to disturb the nature.

The nature takes over the abandoned buildings inside the Exclusion Zone. The benefits to wildlife of removing people from the zone have far outweighed any harm from radiation.

Anita Sulimanovic