My name is Viacheslav Polyakov. I was born in 1986 in Kherson, at the time still a part of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Kherson — a small provincial city, where in the 1990s factories were closed, and since then the population had been employed in sawing all they can find to the scrap metal. There was nothing to see or to do, but everyone had been telling the stories. Sometimes I feel that this city exists only as a text. I'm probably telling same kind of stories, but in a visual way. And I am still attracted to a small towns, these side branches of evolution, which as lost islands in the ocean are producing unique flora and fauna.
My photography is a mixture of a naive delight and a fear of the world outside the window. Probably, the main issues as the basis of my recent projects — Why is the place where I live is as it is? With the help of photography I'm trying to establish lost communication with my own environment, to change the system of relations and the interactions with the world.
During my trips around Europe I was most of all impressed that everything I see around, someone had created and he had a purpose. It was completely the opposite in Ukraine. So I became fascinated by the topic of randomness and lack of the author, the story of objects and structures, with the appearance of which no one is responsible. I'm interested in the visual side of the things, and how far it is away from its utilitarian function. Especially when the author isn't conscious of himself and his creation. I'm interested in archeology of the urban space, which being uncontrolled by anyone, is accumulating layers of historical periods interspersed within natural destruction and greenery.
I came to photography in 2012, and since than combine motion designer career and personal photography projects. Now based in Lviv, Ukraine.
Viacheslav Poliakov (В'ячеслав Поляков) was born in 1986 in Kherson, Ukraine. In 2007 he obtained a Master's degree in Fine Arts from Kherson State University, working mostly on abstract ink drawings. After university he started to work as a motion and graphic designer. First steps as a media artist he made being member of the "Totem" art community in Kherson.
Viacheslav came to photography in 2012, and since than combines his designer career with personal photography projects. The main reason for switching to a new medium was and still its close and direct relation to reality, its documentary quality.
As a photographer Viacheslav took part in several group art projects and exhibitions in Ukraine, Poland, Georgia, Germany and Netherlands. Now based in Lviv, Ukraine.