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Eloquent silent support for Pussy Riot

Show of solidarity at Moscow Biennale for Young Art

"Free Pussy Riot" placards

As three of the members of the punk band Pussy Riot, who have been charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, gave their closing statements in court today (8 August), and international pop stars including Madonna call for their release, further reports of art-world solidarity have come to light. During the opening ceremony of this year's edition of the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art on 10 July, members of the audience held up placards spelling out “free Pussy Riot” when Vladimir Medinsky, Russia's minister of culture, gave his opening speech. “They held up the placards whenever there was a pause for applause in his speech,” says Kathrin Becker, the Berlin-based curator who organised the biennial. Becker was concerned that the new St Petersburg law forbidding “homosexual propaganda” could jeopardise the event. But she says: “We have had no problems so far.” The biennial closes next week on 19 August.

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23 Aug 12
16:48 CET

A MCDONALD, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Lombard-Freid Projects, 518 West 19th Street,Chelsea. Pussy Riot video installation and fundraiser, Sept 10. " The Moscow galleries are afraid so I came to New York because here no one is afraid".- Victoria Dushkina (co-organiser)

20 Aug 12
3:47 CET

TIMI BROWN, N.Y.C.

why aren't more people in the arts condemning this ridiculous sentence? what can I do?

10 Aug 12
16:20 CET

A MCDONALD, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Nice one! When`s Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Charles Saatchi joining in ? Matthew Collings? Nick Serota? ShockHorror! Conceptual art isn`t twee bollocks anymore! Viva Pussy Riot Art !

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