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 program welcomes visitors to experience art live and in real time. Embracing performance, music, dance, conversations, and film, the program vividly demonstrates how these art forms can push us to engage with our contemporary world in creative, illuminating ways. With an emphasis on artistic practices that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, the program supports and commissions new work, inviting artists, curators, and other cultural instigators to share their latest projects.

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.