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Brighter Days Are Coming

2017
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

A New Hope

Located in St. Petersburg, Russia, Brighter Days Are Coming is a mural Sepe made in corporation with Urban Nation Berlin, Goethe Institute and Street Art Museum Sankt Petersburg. Sepe described the piece with the following statement: My painting is a pastiche of a painting by Russian artist Ilja Riepin titled „Kurskaya Korennaya”, ilustrating the Eastern procession in the district of Kursk. In my artwork the holy insignia are replaced by the huge statue of golden idol – child carrying a Kalashnikov rifle. It symbolizes revolution as a birth of an idea – child that’s expected to grow up strong and healthy, bringing its parents happiness and reasons for pride. Instead of this it grows up for an unpredictable tyrant and soon terrorizes his own parents. The rescuer turns into the torturer. Peacemaker turns into aggressor. Planned rationalization and ‘brighter days’ brings violence and oppression instead.

Sepe - Brighter Days Are Coming, St Petersburg, Russia, 2017 - Image courtesy of the artist
Sepe – Brighter Days Are Coming, St Petersburg, Russia, 2017 – Image courtesy of the artist
Sepe - Brighter Days Are Coming, St Petersburg, Russia, 2017 - Image courtesy of the artist
Sepe – Brighter Days Are Coming, St Petersburg, Russia, 2017 – Image courtesy of the artist