Nadya Tolokonnikova – This art is emotional
Dimensions: 20 x 16″
Medium: mixed media
Nadya Tolokonnikova’s series This Art is a Hammer that Shapes Reality evokes the Utopian ideals of the Russian avant-garde, fusing bold visual elements with thought-provoking narratives to challenge societal norms and envision a more equitable and harmonious future.
“Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.”
Nadya Tolokonnikova is known internationally as the founder of the Russian feminist activist group Pussy Riot. She has instigated some of the most significant actions of social justice against Russian tyranny, including Pussy Riot’s Punk Prayer in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Tolokonnikova was subsequently imprisoned in Siberia, where she was forced to sew Russian army uniforms. In true Tolokonnikova form, she used the sewing skills the regime forced her to learn against them, by creating her own anti-Putin artworks (such as this one) using these same skills. The resulting Putin’s Ashes artworks put Tolokonnikova on the international art world map as her first collectible museum and gallery artworks. They also earned her a Russian arrest warrant and a spot on Putin’s most wanted list. The art historical and political significance of these works is profound.