Shaun with artist Andrea Geyer. My post for the Seagull Salon blog is here.
Since ancient myths of women’s carnality (evil) and vaginal filth etc are upheld and transmitted by the church and buttressed by the state, and vice versa, historically and presently, as a part of totalitarian sex caste system, it makes total sense to plan an act of feminist insurrection (a pussy riot, for example) in almost any church anywhere. The band PUSSY RIOT have done this; they have executed a work of art that continues, through its glorious reputation, to repudiate the repressive collaboration of church and state in Russia, even though they, as individuals, have been jailed since March. The verdict for art-punk protestors Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, aka PUSSY RIOT, will be read Friday. Thursday night we’ll read their statements about the show trial they’ve been subjected to, and about their lives and art under Putin. At the Ace Hotel at 7:30PM with Karen Finley, Eileen Myles, Justin Vivian Bond, Chloe Sevigny, Johanna Fateman. Here is the facebook event.
Essentially, it is not three singers from Pussy Riot who are on trial here. If that were the case, what’s happening would be totally insignificant. It is the entire state system of the Russian Federation which is on trial and which, unfortunately for itself, thoroughly enjoys quoting its cruelty towards human beings, its indifference to their honor and dignity, the very worst that has happened in Russian history to date. To my deepest regret, this mock trial is close to the standards of the Stalinist troikas. Thus, we have our investigator, lawyer and judge. And then, what’s more, what all three of them do and say and decide is determined by a political demand for repression. Who is to blame for the performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and for our being put on trial after the concert? The authoritarian political system is to blame. What Pussy Riot does is oppositional art or politics that draws upon the forms art has established. In any event, it is a form of civil action in circumstances where basic human rights, civil and political freedoms are suppressed by the corporate state system.
There’s an all star cast in Seagull this morning! Artist K8 Hardy, Georgia Sanford of Jessica 6, and filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell are all here staying cool and keeping their lovely locks in order.
Carly created a jaw-dropping blush-platinum for writer Emily Gould that we’re gonna go ahead and call “Rose-Gould”. Platinum haircolor and haircut by Carly.