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Art at the Instagram era. Museum of street art has traced the history of graffiti


Graffiti artists are like hackers - penetrating the city’s systems - have now gone online. But the voice of the streets is still heard in them, according to the exhibition’s organizers. Igor Ponosov has been researching street art, setting the start point at 1971 - when the subculture emerged - to 2011, when the world was taken over by Instagram. The exhibition, comprising of photos and videos, looks more like supplements to an article about art. But, nonetheless, is a declaration of art.


Tatyana Pinchuk, director for development at the Museum of Street Art: «There is an opinion that street art and graffiti are dead, that their era is gone. That street art and graffiti are just periods of art now - like conceptualism and Avantgarde»

To leave a trace in art, authors conduct brazen experiments. For instance, American artist Katsu uploaded a clip where he paints graffiti over the famous «Girl by the mirror» painting. Worth noting - Katsu was not damaging the work of art. The painting was certainly a replica.

Igor Ponosov, curator of the exhibition: «I think he did it just to initiate a debate - do we need to produce graffiti in real space while we are living in the age of information? Or you can just fabricate a video, photoshop a picture and make it look real?»

Naturally - a graffiti in a suburb would be seen by a dozen of people until it is painted over, while an online clip can garner thousands of views in a matter of hours. Today, graffiti artists more often present their creations to smartphone users, not to casual passers-by.

Igor Ponosov, curator of the exhibition: «Make art and post it on Facebook – thats the simple rule that everyone is using these days. Create art and post it online. Otherwise you have a risk of not being noticed. You need to like, share and use PR and SMM technologies. And today’s artists are forced to do that to be noticed»

It turns out that success comes to those who prioritize promotion of their creations over the quality of those. The internet - which gives the right for everyone to speak out - is being filled with new artists every year. It seems that if you want real art - you have to stop, go offline and go to a museum to experience it first-hand.