Originally written November 22, 2012
I did not go to class this week because of Thanksgiving, but I felt that I should post a journal entry anyway.
I laughed all the way through this article. Voina, or translated into the russian “war,” is an avant garde slash vigilante art group who are known for the sometimes shocking often times scandalous art–everything form having sex in public to pelting McDonald’s servers with live cats. They are defiantly some hellraisers.
Opposed to everything contemporary Russian life, these three persons are determined to fight the power.
Currently at the time of this article “Provocations and Punishments” found in the June 2011 Artnews Journal, they were in some big trouble. Get this, they painted a 213 ft penis on a draw bridge. I really had to laugh at that. I’m sure there is some political/artistic significance of this but all I could think about was the bridge “rising and falling”.
The best part is it only took them 23 seconds to paint. The phallus faces the headquarters of the FSB, formerly the KGB (I don’t think it is a coincidence).THis art piece “A Dick Jailed by the FSB” might cost them not only hefty fines, but also a lot of jail time.
But I don’t know…I kind of think it might have been worth it.