Viacheslav Poliakov - LVIV - GOD'S WILL

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Viacheslav Poliakov - LVIV - GOD'S WILL

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Title: LVIV - GOD'S WILL

Photographer: Viacheslav Poliakov

Publisher: Overlapse

Design: Tiffany Jones

Book format: Trade Softcover, 17 x 24 cm portrait, 128 pages, Section-sewn, OTAbound, 99 colour photographs

Year: 2018

ISBN: 9780994791986

Notes: FIRST EDITION

About the book:

A naive, visual subculture involving public space has become widespread throughout Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet Union and expansion of globalization. Makeshift sculptural scenes appear in the environment through accidental interactions and random interventions by unrelated people — products of indiscriminate behaviour, mistakes, destruction, and natural vegetation running wild. Ultimately, nobody is responsible for this happenstance. It is all God’s will.

Lviv–God’s Will comes from the name of a bus route that connects the city of Lviv with Bozha Volya, a small village lost deep in the forests along Ukraine’s border with the European Union — the promised land of wealth and eternal joy. The bus departs from the main gate of an old Lviv cemetery and travels west.

In Ukrainian ‘Bozha Volya’ translates literally to mean ‘God’s will’, but also shares origin with the word ‘bozhevillia’, meaning madness.

The scenes and structures shown in this book are as found in reality, and have not been interfered with other than to be isolated from their surroundings using colourful backgrounds. Neither are they confined to any geographical boundary; they reflect a state of mind.

Beneath the surface of its peculiar aesthetics, Lviv – God's Will reveals an underlying commentary about sociopolitical aspects of daily life in Ukraine.

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