Members of Pussy Riot in Conversation with Klaus Biesenbach about Zero Tolerance: Activism, Artistic Courage and Civil Disobedience on November 2, 2014, presented at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions 2014-2015. Photo by Charles Roussel.

In conjunction with MoMA PS1’s current group exhibition, Zero Tolerance, Sunday Sessions is pleased to present a conversation with the most visible members of feminist punk group, Pussy Riot, Masha Alekhina, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Petya Verzilov.

Masha, Nadya and Petya will join MoMA PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach in a discussion focused on the current culture of political oppression within some national and international governments and how it is being addressed by artists worldwide.

Since Masha and Nadya’s 2012 arrest and imprisonment in Russia for speaking out against President Vladimir Putin, they have rigorously sought, through their work with Zona Prava (an NGO focused on prisoners’ human rights) and the independent news outlet, Media Zona, to highlight to the world how restrictive social policies, including the passage of anti-gay legislation, have marked everyday life.

Sunday Sessions is a weekly presentation of performance, moving images, dance, music, and discursive programs. Its mission is to embrace live arts as an integral aspect of contemporary practice and ask how art forms, which unfold in the here and now, produce specific ways of thinking and useful means to engage with the broader world. Every Sunday different artists, curators, thinkers and a range of other cultural agents are invited to share their latest projects and ideas with the MoMA PS1 audience.

Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator with Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant and Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer.

Sunday Sessions 2014-15 is dedicated to Mike Skinner, 1974-2014

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Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

Major support is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions 2014-15.