"This work is my research of the bus stop phenomenon in Ukraine: not only as an architectural object with its direct utilitarian function as a waiting place for public transport in a particular place, but also its communicative function."

Artist: Oksana Meister
Project: Ukrainian Bus Stops

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"Bus stops (bus shelters) as small architectural forms belong to the objects of public space. Public space, in this case, I consider as a basis for the pre- sentation of certain messages. The walls of bus stops thus act as a kind of platform for communication between strangers. In addition, messages on the walls often have features of folklore (anonymity, collectivity, variability, should be easily remembered to be reproduced in the future, etc., for exam- ple, inscriptions such as „Mary loves Peter“).

Messages on the walls can be classified as advertising, private messages of often
intimate nature, political (e.g., statement of personal political position or atti- tude to a certain politician or party) and social (utilitarian) messages.



"Special attention should be paid to the bus shelters built when Ukraine was a part of the USSR and their current (at the time of photographing) state in the context of socio-cultural and political conditions (transformations) in Uk- raine, the new meanings that these stops received after Ukraine gained in- dependence. After all, through the construction of bus stops in the occupied territories, the Soviet authorities marked and emphasized their presence in this settlement. Also, propaganda motifs were often depicted on the walls of these stops. After the Revolution of Dignity, by the act of desecration of the walls of the bus stop with such motives or their complete destruction, citi- zens showed their position on preserving the memory of the Soviet heritage in modern Ukraine.

The project was made during 2018-2019. Currently, the archive contains ab- out 650 photos of various stops with details located in Lviv, Rivne, Ternopil, Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Poltava and Kharkiv regions."


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Editor: Ecaterina Rusu

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