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Pavlensky. Life Naked

Latvia, Russia 2017 dir. Darya Khrenov 71 min

Date of show:



2:30 PM


Europejskie Centrum Solidarnści

  • Director: Darya Khrenov

Piotr Pavlensky is the most radical artist in Russia and he commits to political protests against the repressive policy of the government. The photo of him with his lips stitched together, a symbol of protest against the incarceration of Pussy Riot, was one of those recognised by the Reuters agency. Pavlensky’s dramatic performances show self-mutilation – cutting of an ear, wrapping his body in barbed wire in front of prosecutor’s office and nailing down his genitals to the pavement on the Red Square. The message is extremely clear – but is it effective? Pavlensky’s work poses a problem to the authorities – it does not break the law, but it disturbs the order and no one knows how to restore it. The film raises a question about the lines between life, politics, art, and madness.

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