Maria Alekhina: 'For a contemporary artist it is not a problem to go to jail because it means you have revealed the weakness of a dictator'

posted 2 Jun 2016, 01:19 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 Jun 2016, 01:21 ]
“Petr [Pavlensky] is the most important artist working in Russia now, and I really want his message to be spread out to the world. Also I think it is important to prove that artists, particularly political artists, can make more powerful gestures, braver gestures and more uncommon gestures than politicians. [...] To be a contemporary artist in Russia today means you are an artist in jail. But for a contemporary artist it is not a problem to go to jail because it means you have revealed the weakness of a dictator. I think those who have lived under a dictatorship, and under censorship, we have very high sensitivity to any form of control. [...]. We need to show clearly that it is a mistake to think that when the Soviet Union collapsed, everything became free in that part of the world and that every day artists are suffering just to be able to express themselves.”

- Maria Alekhina

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Source:
Hannah Ellis-Petersen, 'Pussy Riot's Masha Alyokhina brings play to UK,' The Guardian, 1 June 2016
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