Consuming dark sites via street art : murals at Chernobyl.

J Kennel, Jelena Farkić

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This paper aims to extend dark tourism scholarship concerned with existential aspects of the human nature and the power of ‘dark places’ to provoke our thinking about the meaning and purpose of human existence. Our main focus is on the artistic expressions in the form of murals that have emerged in the years following the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, questioning the significance and meanings they have for the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, in the context of tourists' perceptions and, more generally, in the context of our being in the world. To that end, we deconstruct the tourist experience of dark sites through knitting together dark tourism, existentialism and street art.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue numberSeptember
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Anxiety
  • Dark tourism
  • Existentialism
  • Murals
  • Photo elicitation
  • Street art


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