From 15 to 25 July 2018, the first festival of partisan `street art` named "Carte Blanche" took place in Yekaterinburg. The main intention was a romanticized attempt to recall the autonomy of "street art" - independent from the market, institutions, and decorative nature. According to the manifesto, many artists got "domesticated" and forgot what it's like to paint illegally, struggle with circumstances, and argue with dissatisfied residents and even the police. The conscience insisted that `street art` can and should exist in the city rather than just being the tool of decoration or part of commercial galleries. The participants were invited to return to the "origins" of the subculture and focus on themes of protest and illegality. The marginal approach was not to seek approval among the population or municipal authorities to implement artistic initiatives, which ultimately promised to return "street art" to the streets. Besides, the name "Carte Blanche" logically referred to the unlimited freedom of action. As a starting point, the artists were called to go beyond their established style, decide on experiments, and try out new techniques, genres, and unfamiliar materials.
According to the organizers, Yekaterinburg is the city where people better appreciate `street art` in Russia and quickly understand the essence of an artist's work. This idea acted as a catalyst for choosing the city as a platform for artistic expression. As an observer, it should be noted that the city conditions do not necessarily imply a negative attitude towards "street art." This is caused by a positive attitude among the skilled viewers formed by other festival activities aimed at aestheticizing and gentrification of urban space. Nevertheless, the population's approval can be similarly identified among most "unauthorized" paintings or similar practices, which have persisted in the city for many years. It does not mean that "unsanctioned" artworks are allowed and encouraged by the authorities (although such cases are not excluded and even occurred). However, the general mood of the city has formed a legitimate attitude towards art in its environment.
This suggests that the implementation of actions under the manifesto was not an easy task. While most artists did their work in a tranquil atmosphere, the only possible solution to the logical paradox was constructing an artificial situation in which the participants would conduct within the framework of the designated topic. Thus, the idea of `illegal` damage of `illegal` works has appeared.