They say Kyiv is the New Berlin. Creative art, exhilarating nights in improvised clubs and an infinite feeling of freedom. Yet there is a price to pay to be the New Berlin. The German capital built its reputation of exotic new Frontier partly on the mess of its urban landscape. Unfinished towers. Abandoned buildings. Walls covered with layers of commercials and graffitis. Decayed public infrastructure. An ensemble where no rules apply is a place where everything seems possible. Berlin. Kyiv. Niels Ackermann and Sébastien Gobert take a walk along the Hlybochytska street. It goes down from the upper part of town to the hype district of the New Berlin, Podil. The street is a symbol of the architectural chaos that makes Kyiv an improvised platform for both rich and poor, corrupt and artists, pessimists, realists and dreamers.
Photos: Niels Ackermann / Lundi13 – Sébastien Gobert
Texts: Sébastien Gobert