Street art in Eastern Europe may be less known to the Western world but in the East the artists are on par with the likes of Banksy, Blek le Rat, and Retna.
Influenced by the confines of the Soviet era Eastern European street artists, such as Bozko, Sainer, and Kislow, use their medium to express their views of political and societal freedom from the oppression of communism while also showing the strength it still has in the culture today. With a vein of dystopian sentiments towards life expressed within these works, it is easy to see the trauma still plaguing Eastern Europe today. But on the other hand, some of these work are colorful, playful and display a sort of dream like longing for a better future.
Street art is still illegal in many Eastern European countries, the movement is growing regardless. The obvious need for expression out weighs the consequences but this is not a new theme, in many instances street art is as an act of rebellion against societal norms in hopes to awaken the people to some harsh realities happening outside the control of the populous. A battle that never seems to have an end and because of this each generation of street artist advances the movement taking it to levels of amazement unimaginable.
Photos & Words by Amanda Sandler