Way of Enthusiasts
How art has evolved from the Soviet era through modern Russia. 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.
Katerina Chuchalina lives in Moscow and works as a curator and program director at the V-A-C Foundation, a private nonprofit institution committed to the production of contemporary Russian art.
Silvia Franceschini is a researcher of contemporary art in Milan and Moscow, where she works as a writer and curator. She is a member of the board of the Documentation Center for Visual Arts in Milan.