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With the beginning of a full-scale invasion, the perception of the subway as a location changed radically, from the first days of the war it was used as a shelter during an air raid. People took documents, food, blankets and waited for air alarms around the city, and very often spent the night at the stations. Even now, this facility is potentially ready to receive the residents of the city at any moment, serving as a shelter from rocket and drone attacks. The war brought a completely new relevance to many things that previously seemed completely familiar and everyday.
The future is still unclear, shelling continues from time to time, air raid sirens sound. As one of the types of public transport, the subway has come to be perceived mostly as the safest storage. This object of the underground infrastructure of the city will remain very important and can accommodate a large number of people.
Vladyslav Ryaboshtan's underground
"With the outbreak of the full-scale invasion, the perception of the underground as a location changed dramatically. From the first days of the war, it was used as a shelter during air raids. People would take documents, food, blankets and spend the nights waiting at the stations until it is safe to leave this shelter.
This facility is still available at any time to receive city residents, serving as a refuge from rocket and drone attacks. The war has brought a whole new relevance to many things that had previously seemed completely familiar and mundane.
The future still remains unclear, with shelling continuing from time to time and air raid warnings frequently sounding. As a form of public transport, the underground has come to be perceived as the safest place to go. This piece of the city's underground infrastructure will remain essential and can shelter a significant number of people."
About the artist
Vladyslav Ryaboshtan was born in 1996 in Ukraine, Dnipro, lives and works in Kyiv.
"I work in visual art with: oil, acrylic, enamel, silkscreen printing, aerosol, mixed media, paper, graphite, photography. In my childhood, I was surrounded by factories, railway, unfinished subway and other industrial objects. Even after I moved to a different city, I wanted to find locations to which I got used to. Before the war in Ukraine one of my latest projects was a large series of Kyiv subway stations. For now I continue this series giving it a different meaning. In our mind subway is a place where people can find shelter. It’s a safe zone from rockets and explosions; very often we could see how people live right on the floor of a subway station."
Education:2021-2022 – National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, master’s degree, monumental painting.2016-2021 – National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, bachelor’s degree, easel and formal painting.2012-2016 – Dnipro College of Theatre and Arts, young specialist, graphic design.