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  • Time to Speak!” Pavel Arsen’ev and the Laboratory for Poetic Action

    Time to Speak!” Pavel Arsen’ev and the Laboratory for Poetic Action

    During the mass demonstrations against the 2011 Russian parliamentary election results, one of the leading protest slogans read “Вы нас даже не представляете!” (You cannot even imagine/represent us!). Originally created in 2010 as an exhibition piece for the St. Petersburg architecture festival ARTERIJA by the leftist activist poet Pavel Arsen’ev, the red banner with its play on the double meaning of the Russian verb “представлять” (imagine/represent) went viral during the demonstrations.
  • Performance as Protest: the Work of Pyotr Pavlensky

    Performance as Protest: the Work of Pyotr Pavlensky

    Despite the tightening of political freedom that has occurred since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency in 2012, some artist-activists, such as St. Petersburg’s Pyotr Pavlensky, are using public performance art as a platform for political protest.