Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot Organize a speaking engagement for Pussy Riot

Nadya Tolokonnikova is available for speaking engagements with John Cusack, filmmaker, co-author with Arundhati Roy of a book of political essays “Things that Can and Cannot Be Said” on the nature of the state, empire, and surveillance, actor, activist, and founding board member of Freedom of the Press Foundation.
John and Nadya will discuss artistic subversion, strategies for political activism, gender fluidity, queer theory, critical thinking, the future of identity politics, the underestimated importance of risk and failure in rule breaking.

Nadya Tolokonnikova is a conceptual artist and political activist from Russia. She is a founding member of the art collective Pussy Riot, focusing attention on feminism, LGBT rights and human rights violations at home and abroad. In August 2012, she was sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance by Pussy Riot in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. This protest attracted international media attention and support from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, Bjork and Aung San Suu Kyi. Shortly after her release in December 2013, she announced the opening of an independent news service and media outlet, MediaZona which reports on the Russia’s courts, law enforcement and prison system. She has spoken before the US Congress, British Parliament, European Parliament and has appeared on stage with world leaders including Bill Clinton.

Nadya is a Lennon Ono Grant for Peace recipient, has appeared as herself with President Frank Underwood on season 3 of House of Cards and performed the Pussy Riot song “Refugees In” as part of Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition.

Pussy Riot released “Chaika,” a protest single and video about the alleged criminal ties between the family of Russia’s prosecutor general, Yuri Chaika, and the country’s mafia.

Most recently, Nadya has produced and starred in 3 new Pussy Riot music videos – “Straight Outta Vagina”, “Organs” and “Make America Great Again”, which portrayed the future of the USA under President Trump. These 3 music videos were released as part of the Pussy Riot EP “xxx”.

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