«Welcome to the city of teenagers!»
Let’s discover a different story about Ukraine and about Chernobyl! Let me show you the youth of Slavutych, Ukraine’s youngest city: the town built by Soviet authorities after the nuclear disaster to keep a workforce close to the power plant.
In this city lost in the middle of a forest I met Yulia and her friends. During the three years of my project, they allowed me to photograph very intimately their transformation from teenagers into adults. The unexpected children of the disaster are now building their future in country torn by war and economic crisis, but at the same time filled with opportunities.
Next year the world will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the worst nuclear accident it ever saw. Media will offer the usual stories of death, cancer and desolation.
With this project we can tell another story: instead of looking in the past with anxiety, focusing on the power of young generation.