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One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, the Saatchi Gallery will play host to an exhibition dedicated to Post-Soviet protest art over the past twenty five years. Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism explores issues including freedom of art as well as challenges to individual freedom of expression in the face of both political and religious ideology. While it does not have direct links to the Revolution, many of the problems that artists face in Russia today are comparable to those in 1917, such as persisting government censorship and police intervention.

 

This groundbreaking exhibition will include works by performance artists Oleg Kulik, Pussy Riot, Pyotr Pavlensky, Blue Noses Art Group, Arsen Savadov, AES + F, Vasily Slonov, as well as various genres and types of protest art, from posters and slogans to video art, staged photography and performances.

 

Alongside this exhibition, award-winning theatre group Les Enfant Terribles will present Inside Pussy Riot, a revolutionary immersive theatre experience including performances by Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova. Following their 2012 performance inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, two members of Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova were arrested and imprisoned for two years in a labour colony. This imprisonment became a global symbol of defiance, and is the subject of the groups’ latest piece. What’s more, Tolokonnikova will take part in selected performances in the West London gallery; this immersive production will centre around the story of Pussy Riot’s arrest and imprisonment following their performance at the Cathedral.

Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism including daily performances of Inside Pussy Riot opens at the Saatchi Gallery on 16th November 2017.