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Consuming dark sites via street art: murals at Chernobyl

Consuming dark sites via street art: murals at Chernobyl

Farkic, Jelena ORCID: 0000-0002-2135-2254 and Kennell, James ORCID: 0000-0002-7877-7843 (2021) Consuming dark sites via street art: murals at Chernobyl. Annals of Tourism Research, 90:103256. ISSN 0160-7383 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2021.103256)

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: dark tourism, existentialism, anxiety, street art, murals, photo elicitation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2021 12:34
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/33049

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