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Elise Hunchuck's Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

05.27.19 – Elise Hunchuck (MLA 2016) visits the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and shares her experience in Ground magazine

In June 2018, nine researchers, including Elise Hunchuck (MLA 2016), gathered in Kyiv to set out on a three-day incursion into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Hunchuck shares some of their experience, writing about consumption, earth, contamination, risk, and what it means to be home in the most recent issue of Ground magazine. Svitlana Matviyenko, Lindsey Freeman, Margret Grebowicz, Sanem Guvenc, Lyubzja Knorozok, Eldritch Priest, Julian Breinersdorfer, and Oleksiy Radynski joined her on the trip.

Hunchuck is a Berlin-based independent researcher, designer, and editor with degrees in both landscape architecture and philosophy. Her research develops cartographic, photographic, and text-based practices to explore landscapes and communicate the agency of disaster through the continual configuring and reconfiguring of infrastructures of risk.

She has taught at the University of Toronto and is a member of the editorial board of Scapegoat Journal: Architecture/Landscape/ Political Economy. She is also one of the 2019 Azrieli Visiting Critics at Carleton University.

This summer Hunchuck will be one of the facilitators at the Making Futures School in Berlin. The Making Futures School invites 70 participants to take part in a diverse curriculum facilitated by international practitioners in the field of spatial practices. Hunchuk will be a facilitator in the education action-research field alongside Jonathan Solomon from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, SAIC; and Dubravka Sekulić from IZK, Institute for Contemporary Art, TU Graz.

Applications to the school are due May 31. Click here to learn more about the school and how to apply.