The Cuban Missile Crisis – 50 Years Later

FALLOUT, an exhibition of The Diefenbunker Photographs by Leslie Hossack currently on view at The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, has been extended until 31 December 2012.

The Diefenbunker was Canada’s Central Emergency Government Headquarters throughout the Cold War. During the Cuban Missile Crisis exactly 50 years ago, the federal government made plans to move there, but never did.

FALLOUT is a collection of interpretative photographs of the Diefenbunker which became operational in 1961. It was designed to shelter 535 designated officials charged with maintaining a thin thread of government in the event of nuclear attack. And the world did come very close to the brink during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962.

Leslie Hossack’s photographs explore the singular question of simple human survival. Her images are haunted by her childhood memories of the Cold War, and by her preoccupation with issues of inclusion and exclusion, change and continuity, longing and loss.

When I first visited the Diefenbunker, I felt a visceral connection. I felt strangely at home in Canada’s Cold War Museum. I have always been attracted to locations linked to the monumental events of the 20th century: Stalinist buildings in Moscow, Nazi architecture in Berlin, sacred sites in Jerusalem.  – L. H.

One thought on “The Cuban Missile Crisis – 50 Years Later

  1. Hi Leslie,

    Nice to see Haute Vitrine back on line. Amazing what you and your camera do with a washroom, especially in colour.

    Went in to see the Margaret Watkins exhibit at Nat Gal. Like you, amazing how she could create “a composed whole” out of such ordinary things.

    Am keenly anticipating seeing the whole Moscow shebang of Studio 255. It will be interesting to compare your perceptions of Stalinist Moscow and Nazi Berlin. Now there’s a neat juxtaposition.


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