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There was fear, hatred and anger, and as the edifices crumbled, chaos and boundless joy. But at the same time you saw all kinds of wanton stupidity as everything got looted and stolen – even from small, struggling businesses and aspects of society those same people relied on for their own protection and basic needs.  Everyone tried to survive as best they could. There were dreams of the impossible, euphoria and joy.  But that whole period is shrouded in a chaos I can’t believe I survived and yet perhaps the greatest time of my life. Somehow the whole country was tasting TOTAL freedom – even if it that optimism didn’t survive in the long run

Do you see your art as a form of resistance or as a form of reflection? Or is defining it missing the point? Every tool I use is a weapon. Living in an impoverished country and always battling to survive has defined my identity and so I can’t really conceive or discuss anything outside the struggle for freedom we have all fought so hard for here. For me, my art is a complete reflection of me and I am born out of resistance and struggle at core. That has been my life. So yes.... resistance. 

How important is it to use existing features of the city in an unexpected way?

It’s absolutely natural for me, not least because I had no toys as a child, and I remember improvising hard with a knife, chopping out bits of fencing to construct my How much is street art a part of Moscow life? own ad hoc toys. When that seed is so deeply sown, the idea of transforming bits of the Street art first began to appear in Moscow urban landscape comes almost instinctively, in 2000 and really came off the leash and and anything, anywhere, over and above exploded in 2006. It has long been accepted and understood here and is certainly a part of straight concrete can be used as a tool and shaped into new meaning. urban life

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