Artist Nails Scrotum To Russian Public Square in Ballsy Show of Dissent


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A Russian artist nailed his testicles to the cobblestones of Moscow’s Red Square Sunday to protest Russia’s police force.

Pyotr Pavlensky stripped down and nailed his scrotum to the ground to draw attention to the “apathy, political indifference and fatalism of contemporary Russian society,” he said in a statement, the Guardian reports. He timed the performance art with Police Day in order to comment on Russia as a “police state.”

Pavlensky also once sewed his lips shut to protest the harsh sentences given to Pussy Riot band members and wrapped himself in barbed wire to comment on Russia’s oppressive legal system.

Beat that, Marina Abramovic.

[The Guardian]