Erin O’Flynn


This series, Nuclear Family, is about the legacy of nuclear war, the historical and present day nuclear waste cleanup efforts in New York City and the larger proliferation of nuclear related imagery that circulates online. It explores environmental degradation and responsibility, how archives reveal/conceal knowledge within algorithmic platforms, and in what ways one can move towards a future of care for ourselves and environments. I’ve been attempting to explore how in an image saturated world, we, as a society, may in some ways have lost our ability to decode images’ function within historical narratives. I want to examine how to create an ensemble of images and texts to allow a deeper resonance to reorganize the historical and political narrative surrounding nuclear war and its legacy in our everyday environments. And with this new perspective of history through images, how can one build a citizenship that’s responsible to these images and their lasting impacts?