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Mariria

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Giant penis protest rises to Greet Economic Forum
« on: August 26, 2010, 04:05:42 PM »
You can only see it at night and at the White Nights when the bridge is opened :o

Russian artists find a novel way to vent their anger against the government.

Radical artists painted an awesome picture of a giant protest penis on a drawbridge Liteiny in central St. Petersburg ahead of an international economic forum, police said. When the bridge is opened, the penis stands beside the local headquarters of the Federal Security Service.
What a romantic picture. Imagine a happy couple pose in front of a drawbridge in St Petersburg - and the 220ft penis which has been painted on it.

The giant new addition to St. Petersburg's landscape was painted by radical art group Voina, who were upset by the security measures put in place for the Russian International Economic Forum. And what better way to express your political views than by drawing a massive willy?

The penis, which measures 65 metres long and 27 metres across, rises into the city skyline whenever the bridge is drawn, glistening against the imposing architecture of the Russian Empire's former capital. Voina members made sure that their extremely thoughtful and creative piece of art was located right next to the headquarters of the FSB - Russia's main internal security agency.

Voina's previous campaigns are equally as bizarre, including police station takeovers, anti-homophobic faux-lynchings in malls, stray cat throwing in fancy restaurants and releasing a film of an orgy days before Russia's last presidential election.
Voina is known for X-rated protest stunts that double as public art. In 2008, given a room in an exhibition where they could do whatever they wanted, they posted a huge photo of group sex with a slogan insulting the president of Russia. This caused a bit of a ruckus.
It took 40 collaborators to paint the bridge, and the victory was fleeting; though the bridge rose and lowered several times throughout the night and could be seen throughout St. Petersburg, and pointed directly at the agency it was protesting, it was washed away by fire hoses the next morning.

I heard about it from the radio News right at the time I was driving by it. The first thing I wanted to do was to stop and see it.
 Who knew protesting could be so entertaining?
And it is happening this summer, this year.
« Last Edit: August 26, 2010, 04:24:07 PM by Mariria »

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Re: Giant penis protest rises to Greet Economic Forum
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2010, 06:04:56 PM »
Rumor is that the artist was fined by police. No one knows how long it will last.

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Re: Giant penis protest rises to Greet Economic Forum
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2010, 01:31:48 PM »
Hi, Sennaya,
what will last? If you mean the picture, it was washed away with fire hoses next morning.
« Last Edit: September 11, 2010, 05:26:44 PM by Mariria »

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Voina gets state prize for FSB phallus!
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2011, 11:58:48 PM »
Well, it was not removed fast enough. The Voina won a prize for the art terrorism!

April 8, 2011

"Russian radical art group snatches state prize for FSB phallus

The controversial Russian art collective Voina (War) has won a state prize for contemporary art, in a massive embarrassment for the Federal Security Service (FSB), the powerful successor to the KGB.

Voina were nominated for the best work of visual art for a daring street action last summer, when they painted a gigantic phallus on a drawbridge in St. Petersburg so that it rose up in front of the FSB headquarters.

The stunt, titled A Cock Captured by the FSB, was quietly removed from the Innovation award shortlist last month but then put back in after an outcry in Russia's sprawling art community. The Innovation All-Russian Contemporary Art Competition is run by the Culture Ministry and the National Center for Contemporary Arts.

"This action by Voina is one of the brightest and most colorful works of 2010 in the field of contemporary art," respected architect Yury Avvakumov said in the announcement of the nomination.

"It was done extremely professionally from the point of view of the strategy and tactics of actionism. It is clear that this work will be part of the history of contemporary art," Avvakumov said.

Voina did not turn up for a ceremony at Moscow's art center Garage on Thursday to receive their prize."

Read more on Voina and their prize
http://en.rian.ru/art_living/20110408/163432603.html
« Last Edit: April 17, 2011, 05:09:46 PM by Sennaya »

 


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