Petr Pavlensky received the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent, but was quickly stripped of the award due to fears surrounding his overt radicalism. What does this embarrassing event tell us?
Russian artist Petr Pavlensky has been sentenced to a year and four months in prison for his happening titled “Freedom”.
Pavlensky’s performance became perhaps the most radical and disputed since Pussy Riot’s performance, and produced numerous discussions in Russian art and activist community.
Petr Pavlensky, Russian performance artist, set fire to the door of the infamous headquarters of the Federal Security Service.
Pavlensky is a man you may remember for nailing his scrotum to the Red Square, wrapping himself up in barbed wire or cutting off his earlobe. Each of these actions is thought through and well designed, though.