Watch Marina Abramović Declare Solidarity With Pussy Riot in a New Video as Its Members Sit in a Russian Jail

The acclaimed performance artist Marina Abramović has taken a stand to support Pussy Riot in a new video, declaring solidarity with the Russian activist art collective after four members were arrested at the final World Cup soccer match in Russia on July 15. The members, who had burst onto the field wearing Russian police costumes and huge smiles for a performance work they have titled “Heavenly Policeman Enters the Field,” have each been sentenced to 15 days in prison and a three-year ban from sporting events.

In a video released yesterday on Pussy Riot’s Twitter, Abramović sits in front of her computer wearing a bright red Pussy Riot balaclava (the collective recently launched a line of merchandise to support free press in Russia through the platform Mediazona). The Serbian artist told artnet News the making of the video was a spontaneous decision.

Intermittently raising her fist, Abramović repeats three times “I am for Free Pussy Riots,” before lifting the balaclava from her face to reveal herself. She smiles at the camera and repeats the line a fourth time.

The number of repetitions is likely a symbolic choice—one for each member who is still being detained by the Russian police.

“Pussy Riots have the courage and freedom to express their opinions,”Abramović tells artnet News. “This is the spirit we need today more than ever and I am supporting it.” Read more

2018-10-23T20:56:22+00:00