Pussy Riot Plans To Open Museum Showcasing Only Women Artists

In a recent interview with Artnet Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina revealed the band’s plans to expand their punk activism into the visual art world, through the opening of an all female-curated, all female-showcasing art museum.

Slated to open in¬†Montenegro, the museum would serve as an answer to the still -pervasive gender inequalities in museum representation. Despite the fact that women graduate art schools at higher rates than men, and 42.6% of art museums are run by women, the salaries of female curators are still notably lower and the resources expended to women-run art museums are notably lower. Even worse is the artistic representation itself, with only 16% of the shows at Paris’ Pompidou showcasing women, and less than 25% of the shows at the Tate Modern featuring female artists since 2007.

Pussy Riot has never been about limiting themselves, and have expressed a broad scope of future plans which include not only addressing issues in the art world and releasing more politically charged videos and performances, but also heading to Calais in 2016 to build shelters for refugees.

When asked how she maintains her cool in the face of political threats and mounting projects and commitments, Alyokhina laughed and said:

“If you don’t have a sense of humor, you will die in Russia. What they are doing, they are doing with serious faces. But the only option you have is just to give a smile and continue with what you are doing.”

[Artnet]