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A Manifesto by Pussy Riot

Nadya Tolokonnikova is a Russian conceptual artist and political activist and the founding member of Pussy Riot: the world’s most prominent feminist protest art collective, which focuses attention on human rights violations at home and abroad.

Nadya believes that, where possible, it’s important to explore your own rules, rather than live by someone else’s. Or, as she puts it, “It’s kind of fun to be a pain in the ass of the status quo.”

Here is Nadya and Pussy Riot’s manifesto.

Nadya Tolokonnikova is a Russian conceptual artist and political activist. She is the founding member of Pussy Riot: the world’s most prominent feminist protest art collective. In August 2012, Nadya was sentenced to two years' imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance by Pussy Riot in a Moscow cathedral. This protest attracted international media attention.

Nadya subsequently went on a hunger strike to protest her savage prison conditions. She was later sent far away to Siberian penal colony in which she managed to maintain her artistic activity. Forming a prison punk band, she then toured around other Siberian labor camps.

Nadya recently published a well-received book Read and Riot: Pussy Riot's guide to activism which is based on Pussy Riot's prison experience and Nadya's advice to fellow activists on how to effectively protest.

Manifesto is a series on WePresent which invites activists and creatives with something to say to write 10 rules to live by, in order to help spread their message. The artwork on this page was created by the collective 171 canons.

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