Monday, November 11, 2013

Shock artist nails his genitals to Red Square cobblestone in protest

 Artist Pyotr Pavlensky sits on the pavestones of Red Square during a protest action in front of the Kremlin wall in central Moscow, November 10, 2013. (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev)

A Russian artist stripped naked outside Lenin's Mausoleum and nailed his testicles to a Red Square cobblestone in front of horrified passersby. It was a "metaphor for apathy, political indifference and fatalism of modern Russian society," he explained.

The St. Petersburg-based artist, Pyotr Pavlensky, was taken to police after being treated in a hospital. He could spend up to 15 days in jail as a standard punishment for hooliganism.

"It's not a bureaucratic mess that deprives society of its ability to act, but fixation on our own defeats and losses that nails us to the Kremlin's pavement stronger and stronger, creating an army of apathetic idols out of people, patiently awaiting their fate," Pavlensky said about the meaning of his latest Red Square protest meant to mark the annual Police Day holiday celebrated in Russia on November 10. 

The artist was detained on charges of disorderly conduct which included "explicit contempt for society accompanied by swearing in public, insulting harassment of citizens, as well as humiliation."

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