by Reid Singer
Published: March 19, 2012
Voina, the infamous Russian art collective known for making art out of vandalism and other pranks, remains best-known for a very male image: a 65-foot drawing of a penis on a St. Petersburg drawbridge (a work for which the group won Russia's Innovation art prize). Now, a handful of Voina members have broken away to form a Riot Grrl-influenced all-female group that is putting a feminist spin on Voina's wild-eyed aesthetic. Wearing purple and yellow dresses and neon-colored ski masks, the splinter group known as Pussy Riot has gathered attention since its formation in winter 2011 for performing unauthorized punk rock concerts in public, letting loose songs with lyrics that decry the alleged ballot-rigging in recent parliamentary elections. And like the group from which it was formed, Pussy Riot has already run afoul of the Russian authorities.
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