Russian Urban Art: History and Conflicts

Russian Urban Art: History and Conflicts book takes the format of an opinion-based essay. The 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.

96 pages
200 x 150 mm.
Language: English
Edition of 500 numbered copies
Published 2018, Moscow
ISBN 978-5-91487-127-4.

The book includes 63 colorfull pictures with street works of Soviet/Russian artists and groups: Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, Collective Actions group, Oleg Kulik, Kirill KTO, Pasha 183, Zachem crew, Misha Most, Timofey Radya, Partizaning group, 0331C, Alexey Luka, Dmitri Aske and many others.




  • Entering the Public space
    The Avant-garde, Soviet Muralism, Non-conformism
    Urban Performance and Moscow Actionism
  • The Expansion of Western Culture
    Hip Hop in the USSR
    Finding New Graffiti Forms. Russian Street Art
  • The Rebirth of Urban Art in Russia
    Protest Movements and Socially-Engaged Art
  • Institutional Street Art projects
    Festivals, Exhibitions and Political Murals


Buy it in Russia

Urban Books / Online
Artmossphere / Online
Belief / Moscow, 5C1, Leontyevski lane
Street Art Museum / St Petersburg, Shosse Revolyutsii, 84
Подписные издания / St Petersburg, Liteyni, 57


Buy it worldwide

Sales starts in the end of June



June, 15th / 8pm
Tartu, Estonia / Stencibility Festival / Sodiaak, Riia 24b.

June, 23rd / 5:30pm
Besançon, France / Unlock Book Fair /  à l’Arsenal, 7 Place Saint-Jacques.

July, 3rd / 6:30pm
Paris, France / Le Grand Jeu Bookstore / 15 Passage de Ménilmontant.


About the author

Igor Ponosov (b. 1980) – russian artist, activist, curator and researcher focused on urban art and activism. Igor currently lives and works in Moscow. He published Objects, a series of three books on street art in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Igor co-curated The Wall, a project based at Winzavod, Moscow. He co-founded, a platform for exchange among activists, artists and urbanists. He curated the Delai Sam (DIY) festival, which focused on grassroots initiatives and activism in Russia. Igor is the author of the book Art and the City, for which he received The Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award (St Petersburg) for Best Text on Contemporary Art category, in 2016.