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Iceland hosts first ever exhibition for Russian feminist protest group Pussy Riot

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“Velvet Terrorism: Pussy Riot’s Russia”, an exhibition being held on the Kling & Bang gallery in Reykjavík, Iceland, is the primary ever retrospective of the Russian feminist protest artwork collective. 

The exhibition, which has been on show in Iceland since 24 November 2022, incorporates pictures, archive footage and unique paintings to hint the group’s work over the previous decade and their rise to fame. 

It was curated by Maria (Mösha) Alyokhina, a key member of Pussy Riot, and presents a have a look at documentation of the activists’ performances, from the start of the motion in 2011 to the current day. 

The performances are offered in context – lead-up, efficiency, response – and thus make clear the oppression and harshness of the dictatorship that has escalated in Russia during the last ten years.

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“The primary aim I consider this exhibition, in the course of the struggle, is to point out what was taking place inside Russia all these years as a result of sadly there was not a lot consideration about inside Russia repressions,” explains Alyokhina. 

A fast information to Pussy Riot

The group gained world fame in 2012 when three of its members (Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Maria Alyokhina) have been arrested and convicted of hooliganism for performing a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s essential cathedral, protesting the shut relationship between the Russian Orthodox Church and the federal government of President Vladimir Putin. 

The group filmed the efficiency and posted it on-line, the place it rapidly went viral.

Their trial and subsequent imprisonment sparked worldwide condemnation and introduced consideration to Pussy Riot’s trigger and the broader subject of freedom of expression in Russia.

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Since then the group has gone on to carry out at live shows with pop famous person Madonna (who has vocally supported the collective since 2012), appeared on Glastonbury’s Park Stage in 2015 atop a navy truck, and invaded the pitch dressed as law enforcement officials in the course of the Russia World Cup Ultimate.

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Amid the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the group are energetic greater than ever. 

They not too long ago launched a new music titled ‘MAMA, DON’T WATCH TV’, which protests in opposition to the struggle in Ukraine and requires Russian President Vladimir Putin to be tried for his actions. 

In a press release launched alongside the monitor, Pussy Riot referred to Putin’s authorities as a “terrorist regime” and labeled the president, officers, generals, and propagandists as “struggle criminals”. 

Pussy Riot are presently touring Europe with their stage play “Riot Days”. 

Throughout their tour, they have been elevating funds to help Ukraine and have aimed to lift consciousness of the significance of the embargo on Russian gas and fuel.

What’s on show on the exhibition?

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On the exhibition, guests are invited to weave their manner by means of the group’s guerilla performances and get to know the intense penalties they have an inclination to have. 

As you enter the area, the primary piece on show is a controversial and provocative video. The footage, shot simply days earlier than the opening of the exhibition, depicts Pussy Riot member Taso Pletner carrying a purple balaclava and standing on a desk over a portrait of Putin. They elevate their black smock and proceed to urinate on the portrait earlier than kicking it to the bottom.

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As well as, the exhibition opens the door to the world of fixed police surveillance, pretend information, prison circumstances in opposition to Mösha and Lucy Stein, her fiancée and associate in Pussy Riot, earlier than and in the course of the struggle. 

“What this exhibition does different than simply current Pussy Riot’s motion is that it sheds a lightweight on the method and the workings of the Russian state. And I believe that’s one thing that may be very attention-grabbing and essential to point out, it is vitally related to our viewers,” says Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir, a co-curator of the exhibition.  

“So we’re extraordinarily happy with having this exhibition right here.” 

Take a look at the video above for extra footage of the exhibition, which lasts till the top of the month.

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