Interview with Voina (who stole Chicken in a Vagina, errected a Penis on a Bridge or fucked for Art)

Don’t Panic hat ein spannendes Interview mit Alex Plutser-Sarno und Natalia Sokol von der russischen Anarcho-Künstlergruppe Voina, zwei andere Mittglieder sitzen mittlerweile im Knast (wegen angeblichem „hooliganism for one of their previous performances“).

Could you introduce yourselves and tell us about the structure behind your group?

Alex Plutser-Sarno: At present in the center of the structure is a high impenetrable wall of the St. Petersburg prison, behind which two artists, Oleg Vorotnikov and Leonid Nikolayev, are slowly fading away. You have to understand that Russian prison is hell. Being at large Natalia Sokol keeps coordinating the work of the group. I keep making media-art, writing conceptions and texts. The actions are published in my blog. There are some other activists in the group, who do important work, but their names remain unrevealed, otherwise the Russian insane right-wing authorities will arrest them as well.
Natalia Sokol: The basis of the group structure is in the complete equality of rights of activists and the openness of the group’s borders for new activists. Our group is an art-anarch-punk gang.

What is the inherent philosophy of the group?

AP-S: Every activist of the group has his/her own philosophy. In the political aspect we, of course, sympathize with anarchists, socialists and in general with all left-wing radicals. But first of all we are artists – not politicians or philosophers. And using our artistic methods we destruct the outdated repressive-patriarchal symbols and ideologies.
Oleg Vorotnikov: In Russia we have created the left-wing art front. Our aim is to revive the vivid political protest art.
Leonid Nikolayev: Our art-group is struggling with the socio-political obscurantism and the right-wing reaction.

Russian art anarchists explain themselves (via BoingBoing, Bild oben: „Instigating a sex party in a museum“)

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Rebelart: Interview mit Voina, Throwers of Cats, Stealers of Chicken, Raisers of Pimmelbrücken
Artists steal a Chicken in a Vagina (NSFW)
Streetart: Die Pimmelbrücke von St. Petersburg