Institute for Cultural Research of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Kyiv.
ORCID ID 0000-0001-5010-0059
Keywords: extra-graffiti, implementation, street-art, graffiti, writer, public space, mural, war.
Abstract. The article examines trends in the development, transformation, spread/destruction of such an artistic movement in Ukraine as graffiti or street art on the walls “before” and “after”, which, according to the author, opens a new understanding for the viewer through the implementation of visual via national identity. The protest against graffiti or street art is over, today it has brought new reflections – to the war: the urban space is filled with inscriptions, drawings with deep patriotic and philosophical connotations, nation-building and the idea of a world without evil. On the surviving walls of the Ukrainian urban space, one can sometimes distinguish the hand of a certain master – a recently classified writer. Today, graffiti can be interpreted as an independent communication channel of public space, a kind of “subconscious” of the city. The paintings/murals have a special meaning and an unusual philosophy: the surviving wall is saved lives. The cultural heritage of each nation is, first of all, its intellectual component, the human factor, so now there is a need to explore the reflection of this topic in the works of writers, muralists in modern, war-torn urban space. In our opinion, images on the walls of Ukrainian cities subjected to barbaric destruction, preserved/destroyed, as well as new creations “under the bullets” stand out from the general work of the street art gallery. It is this art that reflects the spirit and indomitability of the nation.
Olena Chervoniuk, leading editor, Institute for Cultural Research of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Kyiv.
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Published: July 15, 2022.
Section: UKRAINIAN CULTURE.