PUSSY RIOT /
MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) doctrine, emblematic of the Cold War, posits mutual annihilation as a deterrent to nuclear war. This principle inflicts a profound emotional toll, symbolizing humanity in perpetual precarity. Pussy Riot’s MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) illuminates this existential dilemma, juxtaposing the innocence of a girl warrior against Goliath, and challenges the 21st century to seek a more sustainable and harmonious global ethos, that transcend the doctrine of mutual destruction.
Conceptual artist and activist Nadya Tolokonnikova is the creator of Pussy Riot, a global feminist protest art movement. Pussy Riot stands for gender fluidity, inclusivity, matriarchy, love, laughter, decentralization, anarchy and anti-authoritarianism.
Born in Siberia, Tolokonnikova studied philosophy in Moscow, holds an honorary doctorate from RISD, and authored the book Read and Riot: Pussy Riot’s Guide to Activism. She is the co-founder of independent news service Mediazona, Unicorn DAO; has spoken before the US Congress, British Parliament, European Parliament; appeared as herself on season 3 of House of Cards; performed at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition; created an installation at [CONTAINER], appeared on the cover of Time magazine as women of the year, and was imprisoned in Russia for 2 years following an anti-Putin performance. Tolokonnikova’s works are included in museum collections internationally, and she is represented by Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe.
Mutually Assured Destruction, by Nadya Tolokonnikova/Pussy Riot, image courtesy Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe