BRIGHTER THAN US / “Look up into the stars and you’re gone” Chuck Palahniuk
“WHAT ARE WE? WHERE DO WE COME FROM? WHERE ARE WE GOING?” (09/17, Ekaterinburg)
“THE LIGHTER IT IS THE LESSER ONE SEES” (Project for ARTBAT FEST 6, 08/15, Almaty.)
“HEY YOU, LOVE ME” (Project for Zarya residence, 05/15, Vladivostok.)
“IN YOUR LIFE TIME TRY TO SIMULATE TIME” (08/14, Ekaterinburg)
You can meet such short poetic phrases somewhere in a Russian city. You may be hurrying to work, worrying before an exam, or maybe it’s your first date or you just missed the bus, but suddenly, in the bustle of a big city, you lift your head and see the text. Short bright phrase that someone left. For you?
Tima Radya, the russian street artist and activist. With his team of artists and technicians, he transforms the metropolitan area from Ekaterinburg to Moscow and Vladivostok and not only. Radya enters into the dialog with the urban society, most often leaving short text messages or installations in the city. His works are always very poetic and have a philosophical nature. But some of them shortly express the position of the artist against the political reality in Russia. On his website Radya divides his works into legal and illegal ones. While the illegal number for exceeds the legal ones. In this way Radya reflects on the topic of freedom of self-expression in the artists world in Russia.
He says about his work: “The changed public space changes people themselves: changing the spate of things from outside alters the state of affairs within” (http://www.vltramarine.ru/mag/streetart/interview/154)