Andrew Hustwaite + N.A.J. Taylor
Curated by N.A.J. Taylor
With the detonation of the first nuclear weapon on July 16, 1945, we irreversibly entered the nuclear age. When people think about our shared nuclear future today, they tend to employ one of two, competing, narratives. In one vision we humans—and perhaps everything—is violated and dies. In the other, life thrives because Earth is either in a state of nuclear peace or is denuclearized. Hustwaite and Taylor’s Nuclear Deferral intervenes in this discourse by bringing into view a third and fourth possible future, in which nuclear harm is inflicted on Earth and its inhabitants from either above or below. On at least one of these nuclear endings we can be certain.