Bulletin president and CEO Rachel Bronson traveled to Mexico City February 13-15 to join renowned artist Pedro Reyes and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in unveiling Amnesia Atómica, a three story inflatable mushroom cloud commissioned to “…raise public awareness, revitalize the once vibrant anti-nuclear community and most importantly put pressure on political leaders, policymakers and global citizens by reminding them of the consequences of inaction.” The sculpture served as a central component of a three-day commemoration of the 53rd anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, a historic agreement that created a nuclear weapons free zone for Latin America and the Caribbean.
On the evening of February 13th, Bronson spoke as part of the panel discussion, “Relevance and validity of the Treaty of Tlatelolco.” Events surrounding the Treaty commemoration also included a new performance by Mexican dance company Nohbords, as well as a concert by punk band Vyctoria and a weekend-long film festival.
In April 2020, Amnesia Atómica will travel with the Bulletin to New York City to draw public attention to the 50th anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the bedrock of the global nuclear arms control landscape. The now-troubled UN NPT Review Conference will be underway at that time.
Amnesia Atómica is a continuation of Reyes’ work on disarmament. As the title implies, the project spotlights the public’s disconnect to issues of nuclear threat and the failure of experts and leaders to contain it. Reyes juxtaposes the horrific symbol of nuclear Armageddon with a medium traditionally associated with advertising, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and bouncy houses. The cloud will serve as a centerpiece for events around the world, allowing community organizations and civic-actors to bring their voices and talents to reducing the nuclear threat.
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