Pussy Riot at the Palais de Tokyo

Cartoon by Victoria Lomasko, 2012

Yesterday, Artinfo broke the news that Pussy Riot would be featured in the inaugural “Alerte!” series at the Palais de Tokyo, opening June 21.

The exhibition will consist of a documentary and video of their performance  (presumably the February 21 number which landed them in jail in the first place), and comic strips by controversial cartoonist, Victoria Lomasko.  The affair will be curated by another figure no stranger to scandal, Andrei Erofeev: famously fined for his role in the 2003 exhibition “Watch Out, Religion!” (having been found guilty of deliberately provoking the Orthodox audience who then destroyed several works) and indicted for 2007 “Forbidden Art” (which attempted to show that Blue Noses image of the two policemen kissing. Yes, the one you saw in the New York Times…), Erofeev was eventually dismissed from his post at the Tretyakov for “defaming Russia’s image.”

To get a feel for Erofeev’s position, check out this his defense of Voina in a 2010 video, posted on Chto Delat’s blog:

Voina allowed themselves to commit minor acts of vandalism, but in fact society is filled with useful professions that involve “vandalism” as well: firefighter, policeman, forester, surgeon. All these professions involve a certain amount of destruction, but this destruction is useful to society, nature or the life of the individual. The profession of public artist also involves this sort of positive destruction, and the trial against the Voina activists should take this into account.

It will be interesting to see what statements he makes for Pussy Riot who features some of the same members and is generally regarded as a “feminist punk” spinoff. That last part is in quotes, after some of the recent press images, including a particularly pouty shot of Nadya Tolokonnikova consulting with her lawyer. (Or it could just be a still from that Cheryl Cole video. Hard to tell.) At any rate, with growing support, and a five day hunger strike, the rhetoric around these “heroic women of our time” has certainly escalated. Let’s see how it translates into French?

From the Pussy Riot blog

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One Response to Pussy Riot at the Palais de Tokyo

  1. Pingback: Censorship: What more appropriate gesture for an exhibition on the state of Feminism in Russia? | Baibakov Art Projects

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