Art Exhibition Will Raise Awareness for Pussy Riot in Case Anyone Still Doesn’t Know About Pussy RiotS

The Western world has sounded a rally-cry to help the three jailed members of Pussy Riot, with critics of the band's Aug. 17 sentencing devising increasingly ingenious ways to help raise awareness that, glaring political injustice though Pussy Riot's travails may be, three young women are languishing (unfairly) in jail for two years, and that's really not cool.

On September 10, Pussy Riot will be the subject on a pop-up exhibition and fundraiser at the Lombard-Freid Projects in Chelsea. The event will be put together by Victoria Dushkina, a curator from Moscow, and Amnesty International, a stalwart Pussy Riot supporter. Though Ilona Kelly, interim director of the individuals-at-risk program at Amnesty International USA, has called the jailed members of Pussy Riot "prisoners of conscience" and calls for their "immediate and unconditional release," Lea Freid, a partner in the Lombard-Freid Projects, says that the upcoming exhibit is less about protesting the band's treatment and more about helping three young women: "This is not about raising awareness or protesting anymore. This is about raising money for the women, their families and defense."

Dushkina has said that she is organizing the exhibit contiguously with yet independent of Pussy Riot, whose anger with Putin's persistent grip on power Dushkina shares. The show will feature five looped video pieces of Pussy Riot members "sloganeering," accompanied by a punk rock guitar track that Duskina hopes will help convey the "absurdity and hysteria that characterized the Pussy Riot trial," the kind of absurdity, apparently, that leads to the brutal beating and inexplicable arrest of a chess champion.

An Art Show for Pussy Riot [NY Times]