I-127, 2018. Chalk, ink and iodine on paper, plastic bottle, tablets iodine. 15 sketches 14 x 19 cm each, on paper board 100 x 120 cm (39.4 x 47.2 in). Photo credit Serafim Serafimov (1978-2020)
I-127 is the only stable and non-radioactive isotope of the chemical element Iodine which in the form of Potassium iodide is distributed among the population as a prevention in case of а nuclear accident.
The iodine tablets protect only the thyroid from accumulating radioactive iodine but do not protect against other radioactive substances which are also released in case of a nuclear or radiation accident. And what about the flora and fauna in these areas? Is there an equivalent of I-127 to protect the environment?
I made these sketches during a residency at the botanical garden of Marnay sur Seine - a tiny village situated just few kilometers away from one of the many nuclear plants in France. Being so close to the nuclear plant, I thought about the real threat this nuclear plant might pose, not only to the people, but also to the environment, to the flora and fauna. This work is about the danger which the nuclear plants pose and the need to think of an alternative and more sustainable way of energy production.