Lviv — God's Will
This story is about those of us with whom life just happens. It takes place when the connection between cause and consequence is no longer coherent.
I am documenting a naïve visual subculture of a public space, which has become widely spread throughout Ukraine after a fall of the Soviet Union faced globalization. For me, a central peculiarity of the culture is the absence of conscious author. The objects of city environment are formed by means of accidental interaction of unrelated people, by mistakes, destructions, wild vegetation. Finally, by no one. Everything is God's will.
All the objects collected in the book were photographed without any interference on my part. However, in most photographs, I сut off the background in order to isolate the subjects from all that chaos, which usually surrounds them.
"Lviv – Bozha Volya (literally God's Will)" – a bus route, which connects a city with a small village lost in the forests on a very border with the European Union.
"Bozha Volya" in Ukrainian derives from the same word root as madness.
The name is an artistic image and has nothing in common with geography.
Traditionally for the Soviet Union times for an urban environment were responsible public urban services, which also represented the official ideology of the Soviet culture. After the decline and the collapse of the USSR, the city de facto has become nobody’s. When because of the enormous system of the obstacles to do something good and legally is difficult and unprofitable, to the forefront, instead of designers and architects, are rising city freaks and criminals for money laundering. This absolutely unregulated field creates a unique visual culture and is the one this project is dedicated to. The urban environment, which had has a strict structure in the past, has turned into unexplored field of accidents. Anything here has a conscious author. The natural destruction, flora and fauna, a random interaction of unrelated authors, a frequent incomprehension of an assigned task from the performer, layering of the historical strata being overlapping with slums – all this together is forming an urban environment.
Also I would like to mention that modern Ukraine as young state is trying as soon as possible to compensate its long cultural colonial situation, to find its identity, mainly referring to folklore and religion. And this process has coincided with the instantaneous (for this country) the advent of globalization, which is leveling the national cultures.
In the most general plan this work is a search of the model of interaction between different cultures which are intersecting within single urban space and both considering it as being their own. I started to work on this project because of the personal aversion of the environmental aesthetics. I’ve continued, within the conflict between rejection and a desire of participation in my culture. I wanted to find myself in this environment, to build the field for communication and positive assessments.
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