Putins Ashes General Stills 2.5.1 3fd0e

The feminist protest group Pussy Riot will be at the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery in Los Angeles on January 27th to unveil their new piece, Putin’s Ashes. The short film, created, produced, and directed by the founding member of the group Nadya Tolokonnikova, will be on display at the gallery until February 3rd. 

Tolokonnikova was sentenced to 2 years in a Russian prison in 2012 following an anti-Putin performance. She then went through a hunger strike protesting devastating prison conditions and ended up being sent to a Siberian penal colony. There, Tolokonnikova was able to maintain her artistic activity with her prison punk band.

ADVERTISEMENT

Pussy Riot, as a group, “stands for gender fluidity, inclusivity, matriarchy, love, laughter, decentralization, anarchy, and anti-authoritarianism.” The piece, Putin’s Ashes, began in August, in which Pussy Riot burned a 10 x 10-foot portrait of the Russian president, performed rituals, and cast spells aimed to chase Putin away. Tolokonnikova then bottled up the ashes of the burned portrait, and incorporated them into other meaningful objects that will be presented in the gallery alongside her film.

Putins Ashes General Stills 2.31.1 d77ebPhoto by Pussy Riot

ADVERTISEMENT

Pussy Riot is inviting the public to view their performance art on the opening night of their ceremony. On opening night, only members of the public wearing balaclavas will be allowed to attend. Balaclavas will be provided, but guests are encouraged to bring their own. 

You can RSVP for this event here.

Top Photo: Pussy Riot

Emily Lauletta is pursuing her MA in applied gender studies at Claremont Graduate University. She enjoys reading feminist theory and collecting records. Follow her on Instagram @emilylaul