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Russian artist Petr Pavlensky sewed his mouth shut in solidarity with Pussy Riot, the jailed anti-establishment punk collective that was recently given another six months of jail time (before trial). In other words: things are really bad over there. Also, pertinent question we think: how do you provide someone an interview when your mouth is sewn shut? Full interview at the Quietus:

Is the situation in Russia so bad that you felt you had to do something so extreme as self-mutilation?

PP: The suture of my mouth was, in my opinion, the most simple and accurate gesture of protest, with respect to today’s reality in Russia. The show trial of Pussy Riot, and other less high-profile cases, as well as the laws governing the establishment, send a strong message that society should shut up, and every careless statement may result in a ritual of punishment.

What was the process of actually sewing your mouth like to go through?

PP: In stitching my mouth, I had no problem: it’s just multiple punctures of the soft tissues and, in my opinion, this is not any comparison to the fact that the young girls [Pussy Riot] have experienced ritual punishment for the last six months.

Finally, what can readers of the Quietus do to show their support to Pussy Riot?

PP: I think that if every reader of the Quietus posted a simple call to boycott Russia’s totalitarian regime on their social network, it would help support the Russian intelligentsia against the appalling situation in which Russia finds itself.


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