Nadya Tolokonnikova – This art screams in pain
Dimensions: 24 x 18″
Medium: mixed media
“Embracing the truth, we acknowledge that the path to achieving our goals cannot be traversed without the crucible of pain. It is through the fires of adversity that we forge the strength, resilience, and unwavering determination necessary to transcend limitations and reach the pinnacle of our aspirations.”- Nadya Tolokonnikova
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.