The importance of riot: Post-Soviet protest art

HQ /
Oct 4, 2017 / Culture

A new exhibition dedicated to Post-Soviet Union protest art is opening at the Saatchi.

Titled Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism – and taking place 100 years after the Russian Revolution – the show collates the work of names such as Pyotr Pavlensky, Oleg Kulik and Pussy Riot in its exploration of activism, crisis and artistic freedom in Russia and Ukraine over the past quarter of a century. 

While the work has no direct links to the historic revolution, the issues and problems facing contemporary artists is certainly comparable to those in 1917; Government censorship and police intervention are a constant threat to artists countries, with Art Riot raising crucial questions about freedom of expression and the right to protest for those living and creating in Russia and Ukraine.

As part of the exhibition, the Tsukanov Family Foundation have teamed up with award-winning theatre group Les Enfant Terribles for ‘Inside Pussy Riot’, a breakthrough immersive theatre experience and collaboration with Nadya Tolokonnikova from the band. It addresses Pussy Riot’s arrest and subsequent imprisonment, which resulted in their status as a global symbol of resolute, rebellious defiance. The show joins an astounding variety of art, from posters, slogans, video art, staged photography and other performance featured in the show.

Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism including daily performances of ‘Inside Pussy Riot’ opens at the Saatchi Gallery on November 16 2017. Take a look at some images below.

The importance of riot: Post-Soviet protest art
The importance of riot: Post-Soviet protest art
The importance of riot: Post-Soviet protest art

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