The Prohibited Zone—Australian Atomic Landscapes

Through photography, this work explores two mainland Australian atomic test sites. The photographs look at the post-atomic Australian landscape, specifically focusing on the former South Australian test sites created by the British Government at the beginning of the Cold War (1953-63).

26 photographs were made. They present a different Western perspective of the Australian landscape. They question what the military and allied scientists brought to bear on the surface of the earth, on this specific land; conceptually, physically and culturally. 

The photographs were exhibited as prints at the UNSW Galleries, corner of Oxford Street and Greens Road, Paddington, New South Wales 2021 Australia (11–26 August, 2017).


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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people were respectfully advised that a number of places/country depicted in the photographs in this exhibition are culturally sensitive.

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