One afternoon, my friend Dmytro and I went out for a long walk. Dmytro has lived in Kyiv for 11 years and is well acquainted with the city’s nooks and crannies. “I love the Kyiv thickets,” he said. Unsure exactly what he meant, I asked him to elaborate: “They’re these green zones around the city, and they’re filled with political potential.”

I learned that the Kyiv thickets are dense patches of thick greenery that occupy the margins of the city. Often liminal spaces suspended between rural and urban, Nature and society, they are a gathering place for marginalised human communities and practices, ...


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