Talk: Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova - Εικόνα

Rooted in punk, humour, poetry and pure rage, the feminist-activist art collective Pussy Riot, are famous for their spontaneous and courageous actions challenging the Russian regime. 

Recurring themes in Pussy Riot's feminist, anti-Putin performances include freedom of expression, human rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and the liberation of political prisoners, while their recent actions have included anti-war statements and support for Ukraine.

Nadya Tolokonnikova founded Pussy Riot in 2011, a time when then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had announced his candidacy for the presidency in the upcoming Russian elections. Photos and videos of their performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in 2012 received enormous international attention. There, they performed "Punk Prayer" on the altar, a song calling on the Virgin Mary to become a feminist and liberate Russia. As a result of this action, three members of the group, including Nadya Tolokonnikova, were sentenced to two years in prison.

In addition to her activism, Nadya is also an award-winning artist. She’s performed at major music festivals and events worldwide, “Punk Prayer” was named by The Guardian among the best art pieces of the 21st century, and she’s released music with the likes of Big Freedia, Tom Morello, MARINA, Boys Noize, and Tove Lo. In the fine art space, Nadya has been endorsed by such esteemed artists as Marina Abramović, Judy Chicago and Ai Weiwei to name a few. She has spoken before the US Congress, the British Parliament, the European Parliament, and appeared as herself in the third season of the American TV series "House of Cards."

Most recently, Tolokonnikova's Putin’s Ashes art installation at Deitch Gallery in January 2023 propelled her into a new criminal case and put her on Russia's most wanted criminal and terrorist lists. Her exhibition traveled to [CONTAINER] Santa Fe,  Dallas Contemporary, and continues to museums throughout the world. In June, RAGE, her debut museum exhibition will open at Austria's OK Linz.

Today, Pussy Riot are a movement rather than a defined collective. They operate in small groups, and their motto is: "ANYONE CAN BE PUSSY RIOT."

Sunday 07/04, 12.00
Stavros Niarchos Hall

The event will be offered with simultaneous interpretation from and into the English language, as well as interpretation into the Greek Sign Language.   

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