Pyotr Pavlensky Nails Testicles To Pavement In Moscow’s Red Square
PSST Want to see Pyotr Pavlensky nailing his testicles to the cobbles of Moscow’s Red Square?
Why did he do it? Because he wanted to highlight Russia’s descent into a “police state”. The 29-year-old Pavlensky has previously achieved fame by sowing his lips together in demonstration against the jailing of two members of Pussy Riot, and wrapping his body in barb wire outside a government building.
Pavlensky said: “Sewing up my mouth, I showed the situation of the contemporary artist in Russia, living in an environment where there’s a ban on publicity, the tightening of censorship and suppression of public statements in contemporary art.”
It has – shock of shocks – yet to achieve his desired goal of increased freedom.