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Maria Alyokhina on Political Art

July 28th, 2016 · Comments

Maria Alyokhina, a member of the Russian punk performance group Pussy Riot, talks about the political actions she's been involved in since she and band member Nadia Tolakonikova were released from prison in late December 2013. Only days after they were freed, the two artists announced their founding of Justice Zone, an organization that provides legal support to political prisoners in Russia, and MediaZona, an online publication that spotlight incidents of political injustice in their home country. In 2014, they were awarded the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought. Now in London, Maria is preparing to make her theater debut in Burning Doors, with the independent Belarus Free Theatre company.

Listen to our podcast episode with filmmakers of the documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer to learn more about the arrests and televised trial that followed Pussy Riot's two-minute performance in a Moscow cathedral on February 21, 2012.

Read English versions of MediaZona coverage published in Vice and the Guardian.

Sound Editor: Guney Ozsan | Episode Sounds: Pussy Riot performance of “Virgin Mary, Redeem Us of Putin, Christ the Savior Cathedral, Moscow

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Tags: Fresh Talk · contemporary art · activism · performance art · Artist · podcast · Pussy Riot · political art · punk performance · Russia

Fresh Talk: Micol Hebron

September 23rd, 2015 · Comments

Los Angeles-based artist Micol Hebron is inspired by the work of Carolee Schneemann, a feminist artist that madeart history in 1975 by performing naked to protest gender inequality in the art field. Today, Hebron invites other women artists to spotlight this ongoing concern.

Sound Editor: Kris McConnachie
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Tags: Fresh Talk · contemporary art · activism · Miami Art Week · Miami Beach · performance art · feminism

Fresh Talk: Andrea Bowers

October 2nd, 2014 · Comments

Andrea Bowers, an artist from Ohio who's based in Los Angeles, connects with Cathy Byrd in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their conversation reveals the depth of Bowers's interest in addressing social and political issues globally. Curators of two international biennials in North America selected her work for their 2014 exhibitions. Her Courtroom Drawings appear in l'Avenir, the inaugural Montreal Biennial. Two of Bowers's projects concerning environmental activism are on view in Unsettled Landscapes at SITE Santa Fe.

Sound Editor: Kris McConnachie | Episode Sound courtesy Andrea Bowers: I Plan to Stay a Believer#sweetjane, & The Weapon of a Princess

Special feature performance by Malian singer and women's rights activist, Fantani Touré: L'arme d'une princesse / The Weapon of a Princess, 2014 Video, 24min53, With the support of the Espace culturel Louis Vuitton

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Tags: Fresh Talk · contemporary art · art biennial · Africa · Montreal · activism · SITE Santa Fe

Fresh Talk: Pussy Riot

March 18th, 2013 · Comments

The 2013 South By South West Film Festival, in Austin, Texas, is the setting for this Fresh Talk feature. Cathy Byrd meets filmmakers Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin to learn more about Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, the documentary they recently completed.The film tells the story of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Nadia), Maria Alyokhina (Masha), and Yekaterina Samutsevich (Katia), members of the radical feminist art collective Pussy Riot. In early 2012, the three were arrested and put on trial for performing a 40 second "punk prayer" inside Moscow’s main orthodox cathedral. The world has been calling for the young women's release ever since Nadia, Masha and Katia were detained, charged and imprisoned for the crime of religious hatred.

Sound Editor: Eric Schwartz | Photos: courtesy Roast Beef Productions | Episode Sounds: 2012 global protest and February 21, 2012, Pussy Riot performance of "Virgin Mary, Redeem Us of Putin, Christ the Savior Cathedral, Moscow
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Tags: · Fresh Talk · film · activism · Austin