The Art of Activism

Petr Pavlensky 2013

A couple of days ago Russian artist Petr Pavlensky made this intriguing activist artwork to protest against the legislative body (and the government) in Russia which he perceives as restrictive and repressive. He entwined barbed wire around his nude body whilst lying before the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg.

Petr 2013

One year ago Petr maybe even made a more intriguing activist artwork. He sewed his mouth together in support of punk rock group Pussy Riot. He stated:

“Sewing up my mouth, I showed the situation of the contemporary artist in Russia, living in an environment where there’s a ban on publicity, the tightening of censorship and suppression of public statements in contemporary art.”

Strong statement. Impressive art. Thanks Petr. Keep up the good work.

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