Documenting the Slow Violence of Nuclear Disaster

Spring 2018 Grant Recipient

Graduate Student

Hannah Holtzman (French) My research focuses on French nuclear cinema and aims to reframe the way we think about nuclear movies. The visual arts allow for creative representations of and responses to nuclear events, the effects of which reach beyond national borders and are mostly imperceptible. This project will begin in Amsterdam where I will share some of my work on French nuclear cinema with the interdisciplinary and international Nuclear Waste and Deep Time research group at Vrije University. I will then move to Paris to consult the newly opened Chris Marker archive at the Cinémathèque française. Marker's works are of particular interest for their quotidian evocations of nuclear, a counter-model to the spectacular and sublime representations found in many classic nuclear movies.