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Artist nails his scrotum to the ground in Red Square
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:58:39 PM »
Artist nails his scrotum to the ground in Red Square
By Shaun Walker (theguardian.com)


Red Square has seen a lot over the centuries, from public executions to giant military parades, but a performance artist broke new ground on Sunday when he nailed his scrotum to cobblestones in a painful act of protest.

Pyotr Pavlensky said the protest was his response to Russia's descent into a "police state" and was timed to coincide with Police Day, which Russia's law enforcement officials celebrated on Sunday.

"The performance can be seen as a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference and fatalism of contemporary Russian society," Pavlensky said in a statement. "As the government turns the country into one big prison, stealing from the people and using the money to grow and enrich the police apparatus and other repressive structures, society is allowing this, and forgetting its numerical advantage, is bringing the triumph of the police state closer by its inaction."

Pavlensky has a history of self-harming art, including sewing his lips together to protest against the jail sentences given to members of Pussy Riot and wrapping himself in barbed wire outside a Russian government building, which he said symbolised "the existence of a person inside a repressive legal system".

The leading Russian theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov wrote on his Facebook page that the performance was a "powerful gesture of absolute despair".

Pavlensky walked on to Red Square on Sunday lunchtime, stripped off and nailed his scrotum to the cobblestones of Russia's most famous public space. He was taken to hospital an hour later and given basic treatment for his injuries but declined to be admitted. He was later taken to a police station.

Pavlensky is due to appear before a district court in Moscow on Monday over the stunt and could be jailed for up to 15 days.

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Re: Artist nails his scrotum to the ground in Red Square
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2013, 11:16:31 PM »
I hear of 'balls to the wall'... but balls tuh de grung pardna?  Then again, he sew he mouth shut fuh Pussy Riot and dem, so dis is a normal scene fuh he.

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Re: Artist nails his scrotum to the ground in Red Square
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2013, 02:42:18 AM »
What in the dickens going on here? Named ambition to expose Putin?

He was pricked by his conscience, which told him to man up for the cause, and so he put his balls on the line to bare his political position.

In the end, ah not sure whether he nailed his point, dismembered his argument, or should have hammered away at public sentiment by choosing a different tool.

This fella would give Solzhenitsyn a hernia.
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Re: Artist nails his scrotum to the ground in Red Square
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2013, 03:31:35 PM »
What in the scrotums going on here? Named ambition to expose Putin?

He was pricked by his conscience, which told him to man up for the cause, and so he put his balls on the line to bare his political position.

In the end, ah not sure whether he nailed his point, dismembered his argument, or should have hammered away at public sentiment by choosing a different tool.

This fella would give Solzhenitsyn a hernia.

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Re: Artist nails his scrotum to the ground in Red Square
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2013, 06:11:35 PM »
Artist or "nut case"..

I am about exercising the right to protest. But nailing your balls to the concrete as a form or protest will never be worth it.
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Re: Artist nails his scrotum to the ground in Red Square
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2013, 06:40:42 AM »
White ppl does do all kinda thing.
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Re: Artist nails his scrotum to the ground in Red Square
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2013, 06:32:06 AM »
How do you nail anything to cobblestones?

No need to lock him up, they coulda just leave him there