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article imageRussian artist Pyotr Pavlensky nails his testicles to the floor

By Lesley Lanir     Nov 11, 2013 in World
Moscow - By nailing his testicles to the cobblestones of Red Square in Moscow, Russian performance artist Pyotr (Petyr) Pavlensky strongly protests at Russian Society's "apathy, political indifference and fatalism." Pavlensky proves, he certainly has balls.
Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky reportedly "an artist practicing contemporary art, educated at the Industrial Academy and Institute of PROARTE," nailed his scrotum to the cobblestones of Red Square in Moscow yesterday in protest of the Russian government.
Pavlensky sat down in the square naked, with his knees part, and pushed a nail, which according to accounts appeared to be about 10 inches long, through the front of his scrotum. For those wishing to view Pavlensky's ''shock' art, his act is reenacted digitally above in the video provided by Tomonews.
Together with an image of Pavlensky, to be viewed at readers own discretion, grani.tu posted a written statement by the artist on grani.ru website where he explains that his action was "...a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference and fatalism of contemporary Russian society."
'Shock' art acts are not a new style of performance for Pyotr Pavlensky. He has previously sewn his lips together while holding a banner reading “Pussy Riot act is a replay of a famous act by Jesus Christ.” He can be found in an interview on DazedDigital explaining his reasons for this type of 'shock' art as being that they "showed the situation of the contemporary artist in Russia, living in an environment where there's a ban on publicity, the tightening of censorship and suppression of public statements in contemporary art."
In the same interview, he goes on to say that "The whole story around Pussy Riot is a demonstrative example of this, carrying out the ritual punishment of young girls. This process is entirely demonstration in character, aiming to intimidate and keep society at bay."
When describing what young people think of Russia’s political situation, he is quoted as saying: "Young people are dominated by a desire to protest and somehow change the situation, but the fear for themselves and their families is stronger."
A report about Pavlensky's scrotum nailing in theguardian states that:
"He was taken to hospital an hour later and given basic treatment for his injuries but declined to be hospitalised. He was later taken to a police station. Pavlensky is due to appear before a district court in Moscow on Monday over the stunt and could be jailed for up to 15 days."
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