Nessa série, fruto de suas viagens a região de Chernobyl, na Ucrânia, devastada depois do acidente nuclear ocorrido em 1996, Herbaut figura um intrincado jogo que equaciona realidade e ficção,memória e desejo de esquecimento. Com um olhar lírico retrata essa devastação nas paisagens humanas e naturais dando a ver cicatrizes na terra e na rotina, bem como formas de vida que ainda, de alguma forma, seguem por ali.
I can see in front of me this snow-covered bridge, the bluish evening light and the wolf footprints. I have been in Tchernobyl’s forbidden Zone for two days. I didn’t want to come back. I had already spent too long in this place between 2009 and 2011. Four months to lose myself in this forbidden land that has fascinated me since my first trip in 2001. I had mixed feelings about it. I was both attracted and repelled. The fear of the too contaminated plaques. The Zone has offered a space for reflection to my mind. I am no longer interested by Tchernobyl or its history, not even by the impact. I would like to close my eyes and forget. Edited Artist Statement