The Way of Enthusiasts

edited by Katerina Chuchalina and Silvia Franceschini

V-A-C & Marsilio
2013, 208 pp. English

Exhibition catalogue. Ed. by Katerina Chuchalina and Silvia Franceschini.
Authors: Ilya Budraitskis, Nikita Khrushchev, Vigdaria Khazanova, Daria Paramonova, Dmitry Prigov, Andrei Monastyrski, Viktor Misiano, Alexander Peremyslov, David Riff, Tony Smith, Kuba Snopek.

The Way of Enthusiasts is a translation of the name of the Moscow landmark “Shosse Entuziastov”, an avenue that connects the city center to the residential districts. The romantic and impassioned foundations that were laid under this name in the 1920s—as well as the urban environment it designated—gradually changed as the Soviet social project evolved. The book features spatial commentaries by Russian artists over the last few decades, and uses urban and architectural material as a parallel narrative to contextualize and depict the patterns underlying artistic practices since the shift from the Soviet era to a post-ideological society.