​pussy riot plans to open a women-only museum

Grab your balaclava, our favorite Russian artists turned activists have good news.

by Francesca Dunn and Felicity Kinsella
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18 December 2015, 2:52pm

Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina announced to Artnet, this week the collective's plans to open the New Balkan Women's Museum — a space by women, for women, about women. Since they were thrown into the public eye for their Putin-denouncing, incarceration-resulting Moscow performance of Punk Prayer in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior in 2013, the group has been busy making waves and fighting for change.

Now, their Montenegro museum — a project co-organized by art dealer Marat Guelman — will provide women with a safe space to express themselves freely. "In the media, in public spaces" explains Maria, "a lot of people are just scared to say what they really are thinking. Because if you do it, you are going to prison." The project will only employ women, and only show the work of female artists — because the point raised by the Guerilla Girls back in the 80s that women have to be naked to get into museums is still ridiculous.

Credits


Text Felicity Kinsella
Photography Igor Mukhin

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