Casus Pacis ( Повод к миру Motive for Peace ) was the first exhibition to be held at the Street Art Museum in St. Petersburg. Sixty artists from Russia, Ukraine, and other countries presented their work at an operational factory, where street artists have spent two years creating murals on the walls of the workshops. The exhibition was originally dedicated to the centenary of the First World War, but the present day, namely the events taking place in Ukraine, was later intentionally brought to the fore.The exhibition was integrated into the industrial landscape of the working Laminated Plastics Factory (SLOPLAST): the ruins of abandoned workshops, the industrial spaces between them, and even a smokestack, unused since its construction in the 1990s. The redevelopment of the site was carried out by the architectural firm Les.Participants include not just artists who work primarily on the streets, but also painters and graphic artists trying their hand at the medium for the first time.

Zbiok has created a massive mural in his trademark style. The composition is constructed as a collage with a surreal, fragmentary depiction of people and understated pastel tones.

Homeless Man’s Houseis a series of large canvases connected to form a single voluminous structure, inside which the artist lives.

Kirill Shamanov presented an installation depicting a missile suspended in a special frame. “Like Damien Hirst’s legendary shark, the aerial bomb appears to hover in the air one second before it hits the ground”

A globe made of barbed wire containing a
stuffed dove symbolizes the cage imprisoning
the world on the eve of war. Marked on the
globe in different colours are the borders
of various countries in 1914, on the eve
of the World War One.

This time, Tajiks-Art made several litres of Extractum Hominus out of Russian and Ukrainian blood they collected from volunteer donors for money.

With several flags of carpet mounted in Moscow
and Kiev, the artist attempts to show city
residents that the street is a home, and not
simply a place to dwell for a certain period,
or an obstacle course to negotiate on the way
from bed to work.

Pasha has created a piece based on the motif of dazzle camouflage, which was used by the British Admiralty in the early twentieth century.

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