The eighth “Stenograffia” street-art and graffiti festival, supported by Gazprom Neft through its “HomeTowns” corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, will again take place throughout those regions in which the company operates. The main focus of Russia’s biggest street art project this year will lie in emphasising the uniqueness of each of the locations in which it is being held, and drawing residents’ attention to those details that make their cities special. Street artists will be creating art installations in 10 cities and population centres throughout the country.
The project started in early June in Noyabrsk, Yamal, where festival participants drew a giant 120-square-metre postage stamp depicting the most important event in the history of space exploration — the docking of the Soyuz and Apollo manned spacecraft in 1975, the date of the city’s foundation.
The next city to join the festival will be Ekaterinburg, where artists plan to create the first ever graffiti for the blind, presenting a “The View from the Window” to young patients at City Hospital N40, as well as implementing a social project based on the “Red Book” (a directory of Russia’s most endangered species), and much more. Thereafter, the Stenograffia festival will move to the streets of Khanty-Mansiysk, Omsk, Novy Port and Cape Kamenny, Yamal, as well as Orenburg, Tomsk and Muravlenko, before finishing in St Petersburg in early November. In each of these cities artists will be creating paintings that reflect their city’s identity.
Alexander Dybal, Gazprom Neft Deputy CEO for Corporate Communications and a member of the Gazprom Neft Management Board commented: “The Stenograffia festival is one of the most notable projects of the ‘Home Towns’ CSR programme, implemented throughout the most important regions in which Gazprom Neft operates. By creating art installations in places where there was previously nothing except grey urban landscapes we show people that change is possible, that it is in their power to turn their lives around, and that their city is unique. We are convinced that by supporting creativity and developing a creative environment, it is possible to engage people and encourage them to implement positive change, in the regions — which is the main goal of the Home Towns programme.”
“Stenograffia” is an annual street-art project, bringing together leading graffiti and street artists in Russia and worldwide. The Festival was first held in Ekaterinburg in 2010 and, supported by Gazprom Neft since 2015, has continued to expand its geographic range, further enhancing its status as Russia’s biggest street-art festival. Over the course of its history more than 400 art installations have been created throughout Russia’s regions, by Russian and international artists from across 10 countries — many of which have since become genuine city attractions. A particular feature of the festival is that this is the first event for which works have been created within the Arctic Circle.