The Permanence of Ephemeral: Tsoi Wall 23 years after

Oksana Zaporozhets (The Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation)
Ekaterina Riise (The Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation)
Alexandra Kolesnik (The Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation)


It became an academic convention to refer to ephemerality and temporality of graffiti and street-art. However studying some places as shaped by and known for these urban visuals, it is possible to consider them as con- stant and ever-present element of a city. A case under analysis is the Tsoi Wall, people’s memorial appeared in Moscow in 1990. The paper discusses how this city site gains its right to exist in multitude of cultural practices, interactions, and meanings assigned. The article reveals the role of creative sites for Soviet and Post-Soviet cities and explores who and why has been maintaining and protecting the Tsoi Wall for almost two decades.

Article in: English

Article published: 2014-05-02

Keyword(s): urban inscriptions; graffiti; street art; Tsoi Wall; people memorial; soviet and post-soviet cities; public space

DOI: 10.3846/cpc.2014.04

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