Pussy Riot Statements von Slavoj Žižek und ihrem Anwalt

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Vorgestern hat der Anwalt der inhaftierten Mitglieder der russischen, feministischen Kunst-Punk-Truppe Pussy Riot sein Abschlussplädoyer gehalten, Chtodelat News hat eine Übersetzung davon. Es geht vor allem um die Rolle der Kirche im politischen Gefüge Russlands: Yekaterina Samutsevich: Closing Statement at the Pussy Riot Trial (via Gawker).

Free Pussy RiotIn our performance we dared, without the Patriarch’s blessing, to combine the visual image of Orthodox culture and protest culture, suggesting to smart people that Orthodox culture belongs not only to the Russian Orthodox Church, the Patriarch and Putin, that it might also take the side of civic rebellion and protest in Russia.

Perhaps such an unpleasant large-scale effect from our media intrusion into the cathedral was a surprise to the authorities themselves. First they tried to present our performance as the prank of heartless militant atheists. But they made a huge blunder, since by this time we were already known as an anti-Putin feminist punk band that carried out their media raids on the country’s major political symbols.

Außerdem hat sich der olle Kommunist und Philosoph Slavoj Žižek geäußert: THE TRUE BLASPHEMY: SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK ON PUSSY RIOT.

If we understand cynicism as ruthless pragmatism of power which secretly laughs at its own principles, then Pussy Riot are anti-cynicism embodied. Their message is: IDEAS MATTER. They are conceptual artists in the noblest sense of the word: artists who embody an Idea. This is why they wear balaclavas: masks of de-individualization, of liberating anonymity. The message of their balaclavas is that it doesn’t matter which of them got arrested — they’re not individuals, they’re an Idea. And this is why they are such a threat: it is easy to imprison individuals, but try to imprison an Idea!

The panic of those in power — displayed by their ridiculously excessive brutal reaction — is thus fully justified. The more brutally they act, the more important symbol Pussy Riot will become. Already now the result of the oppressive measures is that Pussy Riot are a household name literally all around the world.

Und jetzt drücke ich alle meine Daumen, Urteilsverkündung ist am 17. August. Free Pussy Riot!

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
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Free Pussy Riot-Protest by Amnesty International