Pussy Riot, 2014, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2014 MoMA PS1, New York. Photo: 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.

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.

Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.


This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.