Tag Archives: Pussy Riot

State of the Art

Exactly three years after Pussy Riot’s famous Punk Prayer performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Russian Orthodox Church has once again found itself offended by blasphemous art. This time around, the “culprit” is 30 year-old award-winning opera … Continue reading

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The writing on the wall

Russian artist Petr Pavlensky staged a Van Gogh – esque act of self – mutilation last week, cutting off his earlobe with a butcher’s knife while sitting on the walls of the Serbsky psychiatric centre in Moscow. The artist’s action, called … Continue reading

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Drama in the courtroom – and beyond

Last time we’ve heard from Oleg Vorotnikov aka Vor (“thief” in Russian), the self-proclaimed leader of Voina, an artist collective best known for drawing a 200-foot phallus on Liteinyi Bridge in front of the FSB building in St Petersburg, he was … Continue reading

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An Oh So Quiet Manifesta

A month ago, the fate of Manifesta10, the European art biennial that was set to open in St. Petersburg on June 28th, was still undecided. Some artists were boycotting the exhibition, others were dropping out, staff was not being paid, … Continue reading

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Swearbots, Pussy Riot, and a glimpse Out of Time

Admittedly, from the Western perspective, things have been a bit rocky in Russia lately. (In a piece for the New Republic, satirical bloggers Kermlin suggested giving up optimism and instead start placing bets on the worst possible outcomes, as either way you’re … Continue reading

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“Art should heal the world”: Kapkov cancels the Pussy Riot screening, while Anatoly Osmolovsky pens an open letter

At the end of our last post, we mentioned how much we wished we could attend the screening of Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, scheduled for last Sunday at Moscow’s Gogol Center. Granted, we were more interested in hearing Irina … Continue reading

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Black is the New Orange: Post-Prison Pussy Riot

On December 23, Putin made good on the promises made by the amnesty bill passed earlier this month, and released a host of political prisoners, including team Greenpeace and Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, better known as members of the … Continue reading

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