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A new art exhibition titled Free The Pussy! will honour Pussy Riot

Back in March 2012, three members of the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot (Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich) were sentenced to two year imprisonment after performing forty seconds of their track Punk Prayer inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

As the trial gained global coverage, the three women – and Pussy Riot as a whole – became global feminist icons.

Artwork from Yoko Ono, Billy Chyldish, John Keane, No Bra, Pussy Riot and Jamie Reid is set to feature in a new exhibition titled Free The Pussy! next month.

Artist Tamsyn Challenger has now curated an exhibition with artworks made in response to the groups imprisonment.

In 2012 I was asked to contribute art to the book Let’s Start a Pussy Riot published by Rough Trade Records. The book was being collated by four London feminist collectives to raise money for the Riot during their court case and subsequent imprisonment,” Challenger told It’s Nice That.

Most of the work in the book was produced when the Riot sent out their call to arms to artists. At the time, hundreds of artists responded and I thought the protest work being made should be seen as a physical exhibition.”

The exhibition will take place August 2nd – September 26th at the Sciennes & War Memorial Gallery, Summerhall.

Earlier this morning Pussy Riot rushed the field of the World Cup final, staging a huge protest.

Judy Chicago – What is Feminist Art?
Jamie Reid – Pussy Riot
Billy Chyldish – Free The Pussy

Via Via It’s Nice That.