American photographer Zachary Wasserman captures the feel of Armageddon in these shots. Based in Berkeley, he took them at Burning Man, held annually for a week on Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The festival forms a temporary city of performers and artists with impromptu installations and music – capped by the burning of a giant effigy.
Prize-winning Australian artist Michael Peck takes on desolation in childhood in The Landing, one of his series of oil paintings focused on dislocation in the post-modern world.
When the late renowned artist Keith Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, he collaborated with author William S. Burroughs on this Apocalypse series, which offers an insight into Haring’s personal struggle with the disease. He died in 1990.
The images coming from Kiev, Ukraine are apocalyptic at a level that a film or work of art could never reach. This photograph by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA is one of hundreds that articulate the capital’s disintegration.
Renee McGinnis creates the ominous threat of impending disasters in these allegorical paintings, from her Empirical Eternity series.