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Bela Shayevich

15 November 2013

On Friday, November 15th, Interfax reported that Russian performance artist Petr Pavlensky has been charged with hooliganism. According to an unnamed source, Pavlensky may be facing up to five years in prison for his November 11th performance Nail, in which he nailed his scrotum to the cobblestones outside the Lenin Mausoleum in Red Square. The following is an interview with Pavlensky by Anya Aivazyan, from the Russian weekly Bolshoi Gorod, published on November 12th. More…

1 August 2013

Everywhere—in schools, prisons and universities, at voting stations and sitting in front of the TV—we are taught to obey, to lie, to bite our tongues, to say “yes” when we want to say “no.” The great cause of our civilization is to foster in ourselves, our children and friends an antidote to this obedience—an obedience that eats people alive. More…

20 June 2013

Gestures of pure art are really not useful right now . . . your privileges, such as they are, whether of being “straight,” that is, a member of the majority, or the privilege of being an author, needs to be used without any shame or shyness, and without being afraid of didacticism—in some part on behalf of those whose much more serious and dangerous heroic acts no one will ever describe or record. More…

19 December 2012

But at my show there were posters that said, for example, “Let Us Free Russia from Putin,” and after seeing stuff like that the cops simply had to take us in. Nonetheless, I have to say I was happy with the police’s reaction to my work, how carefully they looked through the pieces, and how they asked me to leave them some posters as keepsakes.” More…