Inside Pussy Riot

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Grab your brightest coloured clothes, pull on a balaclava, stand up for what you believe in… and get imprisoned for two years!
Welcome to the Pussy Riot Experience
This is what the girls of Pussy Riot experienced back in 2012. They are a group of modern day, post-punk feminists based in Russia, who partake in protests supporting movements such as feminism and LGBT rights and opposing President Vladimar Putin. As a result of these protests and to share their message around the world, they form their beliefs into art pieces using music videos to be shared around the world.
In order to share this harsh experience with us, we were invited to the Saatchi Gallery to be part of the immersive pussy riot experience which dropped us right into the middle of 2012 in a Russian Church. Whilst hiding our identity with a balaclava and holding up our placards to stand up for what we believe in. Our chosen placards stated 'Violence doesn’t equal Power' and 'Unite against Racism'.
The cruel treatment was REAL..
Marlie and I both love an immersive experience, and this was like no other. We were pushed, shoved, given a number instead of a name and demanded to wear plain overalls. We watched a member of our group strip down to their undies (thankfully, later we realised she was an actor!), but it truly showed us how these girls were treated for simply standing up for what they believed in. Something which we should all have the right to do, without worrying that our humanity will be stripped away from us.
As a result of this mistreatment, we purposely tried to rebel against the prison guards during the experience. Which had Marlie picking hundreds of pennies up from the floor and I was sent to the back of the room devoid of following a 3 step exercise program in the courtyard (although, I think that may have been a victory on my part!).
Inside Pussy Riot - Les-Enfants Terribles - Production Shot
Where to find this pop up experience
This Pussy Riot experience is truly something which will stick with us, and has opened our eyes to some of the realities of Russian imprisonment. The talented Les Enfants Terribles did a great job with this one, as usual. Check out their other fab shows here.
Unfortunately, like all pop ups this one has also come to an end but Pussy riot as an art collective lives on! Since 2012, they have hosted many protests, including shutting down the Trump Tower back in October and creating this music video...

The balaclava concept is simple; whilst the group mainly consists of 11 female members, by wearing balaclavas anybody can be involved, including men!
We are all Pussy Riot!
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