Ghosts of the Manhattan Project

Ghosts of the Manhattan Project is a series started during the pandemic. After living for over 20 years as a non-scientist in science communities that were created to build the atomic bomb, the lockdown made me realize the enormity and non-normality of it all. Portal 4, the only standing structure of K-25, a Uranium enrichment facility that was once the largest building in the world with 12,000 workers, became my portal into the past. Coming from Germany with a very different perspective on war and mass destruction, the propaganda, the selective memory, hero worship and atomic nostalgia had always fascinated and alarmed me.


Now I am exploring the surroundings and archives to work through this unease. In a time when historical and scientific research are under attack in the name of supposedly patriotic nationalism, I am adding to the story with images that are made to disrupt and examine official narratives. The layers of public and personal history invite a critical form of nostalgia, remember lost utopias of the atomic age and encourage discussions about the future.

Ghosts of the Manhattan Project