Imprisoned Anarchistic Art Collective VOINA Interviewed by Don't Panic—NSFW after the jumpJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010
Putting a phallus on a KGB building in St. Petersburg, Russia will get you arrested, as is the situation with anarchistic Russian art collective VOINA. A few weeks ago, we talked of Banksy donating funds from his "Choose Your Weapon" print to the legal defense for VOINA. Now, Don't Panic UK have interviewed two members. Oleg Vorotnikov and Lenja Nikolaev, as they await trial for, wait for it, "hooliganism."
This isn't the first act of controversy from the group. VOINA has performed a group orgy on exhibition, public hangings, public performance art in the subways, and public videos (one of which you can watch below).
As Don't Panic wrote, "Voina (or 'War' to give them their English name) are a radical art group concerned with challenging the Russian establishment on important political issues such as attitudes towards homophobia, race, and the totalitarian actions of the state, through creating outrageous and provocative art performances in Russia."
Here is a good exchange in the piece:
Thank you to BoingBoing.