Russian Urban Art: History and Conflicts – Book Launch


27.10.2018 17:30 - 27.10.2018 18:30

Welcome to the launch of the book Russian Urban Art: History and Conflicts.

The book takes the format of an opinion-based essay. Author, Igor Ponosov, examines the power of street art in Russia by exploring its historical background, extending from the avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century, to the non-conformists and the actionists of the twenty-first century. It is an attempt to analyze as well as expand the potential of Russian street art by sharing examples of significant and relevant art phenomena and processes. The book is first paper focused on Russian Urban Art in English.

Igor Posonov is a Russian artist, ‘Partizaning’ activist, curator and researcher focused on Urban Art. Author of books: ‘Art and the city’ (Искусство и город) and ‘Russian Urban Art: History and Conflicts’. Laureate of The Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award (St Petersburg).

Between 2005 and 2009 he published three books on street art in Russia and the ex-USSR. From 2011 to 2013 he curated The Wall a project based in the CCA ‘Winzavod’, Moscow. In 2011 he founded the website as a platform for exchange among activists, artists and urbanists. From 2013 to 2016 he curated Delai Sam festival, which focused on grassroots iniatives and activism in Russia. Igor is author of the book Art and the city (2016), for which he received The Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award 2016 for Best Text on Contemporary Art (St. Petersburg). In 2018 Igor has been published ‘Russian Urban Art: History and Conflicts’ book, which has been launched before in Tartu (Estonia), Besancon (France) and Paris.