Challenger curates a new exhibition this summer of works of art made in protest to Pussy Riot’s imprisonment by the Russian government in 2012: ‘Free The Pussy’.
Featuring work from Yoko Ono, Jamie Reid, John Keane, Carolee Schneemann and Judy Chicago, among others.
‘Free The Pussy!’ will be exhibited at Summerhall this August and September as part of its Visual Arts offering, running parallel to the Summerhall Festival Fringe performance programme and the Nothing Ever Happens Here… gig series.
Pussy Riot will perform 10 dates of their show ‘Riot Days’, a performance art adaptation of Maria Alyokhina’s part protest manual, part autobiographical book, ‘Riot Days’, in Summerhall’s Dissection Room 10-19th August.
At the end of 2011 an anonymous feminist punk collective wearing luminous balaclavas performed a series of unsanctioned gigs or interventions in opposition to Vladimir Putin's government and its association with the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church.
This collective championed gender equality, LGBT rights, environmental activism and called for a female president. They challenged masculine authority and stood for freedom of expression.
They were and are the PUSSY RIOT.
Images above courtesy of artists - Layla Sailor, Jamie Reid, Billy Chyldish and Wendy Saunders.