TRANSIT UKRAINE – AFTER THE REVOLUTION

Ukraine

2008

In the immediate aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Soviet Republics regained their independent Nation status. With the exception of the Baltic States, the replacement of the communist system led to a number of corrupt autocratic leaderships.

The so called peaceful “Colour revolutions” in Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan, were seen as the final turning point for these countries, as they finally embraced democracy and reform.

These revolutions, however, have been undermined by both internal tensions and a geopolitical battle being fought out between an expanding West and a more assertive Russia.

After the successful “Orange Revolution”, when millions stood for weeks on Kiev’s Independence Square to demand a free and fair vote during the Presidential elections,¬†Ukraine has plunged from one political crises to another. As various interested parties play out the politics of power, people continue to struggle to make ends meet.

With this in mind I decided to look at the economic and social impact on the people of Ukraine. I decided to approach this away from the City Centres with their concentration of Government buildings, shops, restaurants, clubs and tourist sights.

As the country is going through a transition or a method of transit from one system to another, I thought it would be appropriate to play on this notion of transit by moving through the country on public transport, photographing as people move from Home to work, shopping, going out and selling goods around the transport hubs.

This allowed me to move through the towns and Cities in a random manner, taking and photographing from buses, trolleybuses, trams and trains the daily lives of Ukrainians, moving from the centre to the residential areas and city outskirts and back.