LONDON — A 40-foot multimedia installation entitled “Bhopal – A Silent Picture” by Samar Singh Jodha will stand on the grounds of Amnesty International UK during London's 2012 Olympics. The installation was conceived as a reminder of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy, and consists of a container viewers walk through to see photographs shot in the now-sealed Union Carbide Plant in Bhopal, India. The photographs portray an eerie emptiness, while a disturbing soundscape of chirping birds and humans gasping for breath accompanies the installation. The images bear resemblance to Nazi gas chambers after World War II, according to Jodha, except that in this case the perpetrators of the crime were never reprimanded.
Completed in 2011, “Bhopal – A Silent Picture” has traveled to several cities in an effort to “perpetuate the memory of an apocalyptic event,” Jodha has said. But as it opens in London on July 19, it will also stand as an ironic comment against Dow Chemical Company, the multinational responsible for the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, one of the biggest sponsors of the London Olympics.
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