Photography The crazy aesthetics by photographer Viacheslav Poliakov

The crazy aesthetics by photographer Viacheslav Poliakov

Claudia Fuggetti
L'estetica folle del fotografo Viacheslav Poliakov |

Viacheslav Poliakov is a Ukrainian photographer interested in public spaces in small provincial towns, the artist seems to have a real obsession with bizarre objects and structures. As he himself says:

“There may be an abandoned Soviet factory used as a pasture next to the medieval castle turned into a warehouse, which in turn will be surrounded by a market made of shiny and colorful plastic, with a golden church on the left and an empty area made of mud and puddles on the right”.

The area’s complex historical and cultural past, made up of outdated laws, bureaucracy and mafia infiltration by administrations, has overshadowed the repair of Soviet buildings and infrastructure, leading citizens to do everything possible to improve the condition of their streets and gardens. The result is total chaos, which inspires and amuses Viacheslav.

“A naive visual subculture involving public space has spread throughout Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union and the subsequent expansion of globalization”.

So in the artist’s shots we find ourselves in front of unicorns sculptures made with old tires and pieces of a fence: in short, it is the creativity of ordinary people that this series aims to capture.

What seems to be born by mistake, becomes the main attraction, the favorite subject of the artist, who through chaos puts order, giving the public a new key to interpreting reality.

Written by Claudia Fuggetti
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