Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2022

In Osteuropa 6-8/2022

Art against War
Digital and Urban Worlds of Protest

Elena Korowin

Deutsche Fassung


“When the guns speak, the muses fall silent.” No, they don’t! In Ukraine and Russia, artists have overcome their silence after a brief state of shock at Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. Repression and the dangers posed by the war may have severed ties between like-minded artists in both countries, but they are fighting the war together using their own weapons and techniques. They work in digital as well as urban spaces and rely on crypto art and memes, graffiti, stencils, or murals. The war is also changing art in its aesthetics.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2022, pp. 457–470)