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 it's peculiar aesthetics, Lviv – God's Will reveals an underlying commentary about sociopolitical aspects of daily life in Ukraine.
Design by Tiffany Jones + Viacheslav Poliakov
Reviews + Press
“[Poliakov] pieces together a view of contemporary Ukraine through the small and often overlooked details of the everyday – one that points to the many frictions that have emerged from its recent history.” – Sophie Wright in BJP
Feature in BJP, by Sophie Wright
Vogue (Online, Ukraine)
Interview with Photoworks
Feature in Aint-Bad
Interview with YWYW
Fotograf magazine, issue 30
* #1 RECOMMENDED PHOTOBOOK from UNSEEN Amsterdam Book Market 2018, selected by Richard Sporleder of Café Lehmitz, Cologne
* IACK’s Choice Photobooks of 2018
Events + Exhibitions in 2018/19
EXHIBITION OF LVIV–GOD’S WILL AT WM GALLERY, Amsterdam, 5 April – 4 May 2019
RIGA PHOTOMONTH, Exhibition of photobook, May 2019 (Opening week 7-13 May)
KIEV PHOTOBOOK FESTIVAL, book presented by IST Publishing, 9 February 2019 at IZONE Creative Community
GALLERY OPENING EXHIBITION + KIEV, UKRAINE BOOK LAUNCH – 14 DECEMBER, Runs until 21 Jan 2019
The Naked Room Gallery and Bookshop opens its doors with a double exhibition of Lviv – God’s Will and On the Edge by Olena Subach. Book launch hosted by IST Publishing. See event on Facebook
BOOK LAUNCH + SIGNING at Unseen Book Market (Amsterdam), 22 September from 3pm, Westergasfabriek, Klönneplein 1
ATHENS PHOTO FESTIVAL EXHIBITION 6 June – 29 July – details
CIRCULATIONS FESTIVAL, PARIS, 17 March – 6 May – details
FOAM TALENT TRAVELING EXHIBITION – details
Lviv–God’s Will is held in the following collections:
AGO Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives (Toronto, CA)
The British Library (UK)
National Library of Scotland (Edinburgh, UK)
Bodleian Libraries University of Oxford (UK)
Cambridge University Library (UK)
National Library of Wales
Library of Trinity College (Dublin)