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A performance in which I dressed as a bear and destroyed a cardboard replica of the Kremlin on behalf of Pussy Riot.

At the time of this artwork, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot were still imprisoned for their performance of "Punk Prayer" in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. This made me angry, and I was also slightly angry that my sculpture class required me to make work about bears. Upon discovering that the bear is often used as a symbol of Russia, I combined these two grievances and set out to express my genuine rage at the injustice of Putin's regime.

I studied the Kremlin on Google Maps and made a crude replica out of cardboard boxes and toilet rolls. I also made a bear head out of paper mache and fake fur. On the night of the performance, I set up some speakers so I could play "Punk Prayer" throughout the destruction, and I asked some friends to "arrest" me once the music had finished. I also tried to get in contact with Pussy Riot themselves through freepussyriot.org, but in the days leading up to the performance it had been abruptly shut down.

The performance itself went reasonably well; though despite my best efforts, the Kremlin had more structural integrity than anticipated, and I struggled to destroy it.

Thank you to Hannah and Phoebe for their police duties, and to Devan for documenting the performance.

 
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