Miami Art Week: Nadya Tolokonnikova, from Pussy Riot, presented with Judy Chicago a participatory web3 project

What do an octogenarian artist from the USA and a Russian punk and dissident in her early 30s? For Judy Chicago, a lot: “I realized that through the decades, geography and different cultural experiences, we were the same in our hopes and beliefs. That’s why I wanted to collaborate with her.”

At the Institute of Contemporary Art, ICA Miamiand as part of the activities around Art Baselthe feminist icon and Nadya Tolokonnikovafounder of the punk group pussy riot. They talked about their collaboration in the project What if women ruled the world?

This is a technology-enabled participatory artwork blockchain. Sponsored by DMINTIa platform that supports artists and cultural luminaries to express their vision through advanced technology and resources Web3the artists invite allies from around the world to share their ideas and participate in the creation of a work of art NFTs and together create a global Web3 community that supports gender rights.

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This project was sourced from Chicago’s inspirational banners What If Women Ruled the World, which were created in collaboration with Maria Grazia Chiuri for the Dior Spring Summer 2020 Haute Couture show. He transfigured them into a revolutionary new blockchain art collaboration. The event on December 1 in the afternoon, part of Miami Art Week 2022, started with a video produced by shift vision and directed by Julia Magnoin which an invitation was launched to the public to join the efforts of the artists.

The way of participation is interactive, on the project website: people can contribute by providing their own answers to 11 questions.

If women ruled the world, would God be feminine?, for example. Would men and women be the same? Would there be an egalitarian upbringing? Would old women be revered? Would buildings resemble bellies? Would there be private property? Would there be violence? Would the Earth be protected?

Judy Chicago, icon of feminist art and thought, spoke with Nadya Tolokonnikov at ICA Miami during Miami Art Week (ICA Miami)

In the featured video, Chicago—who revolutionized the art world by creating the first Feminist Art Program at the University of Fresno, California—asked “What if women ruled the world?” and Nadya responded.

As the video showed the famous performance of the Pussy Riot in a Russian cathedral that cost Tolokonnikova jail and Maria Alyokhinaanother member of the activist band, the creator began by telling the story of that punk prayeras the event was called.

“It was February 21, 2012 and I remember the date correctly because I was tried and sentenced to two years in jail for this action,” Nadya recalled. “We asked the Virgin Mary to get rid of Vladimir Putin. We sing about feminism, we sing about gay pride in Russia.” The challenge to “Putin’s patriarchal regime” was so great that they were arrested after 40 seconds in the Christ the Savior Cathedral.

Nadya Tolokonnikov, leader of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, performed at ICA Miami during Miami Art Week
Nadya Tolokonnikov participated in Miami Art Week in a dialogue with Judy Chicago. (ICA Miami)

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That did not make them give up: “We did not shut up in jail,” Tolokonnikova stressed. “We kept making ourselves heard, and that was really hard.” She went on three hunger strikes and was subjected to a transfer from one penal institution to another, up to a total of 12 other, including a forced labor camp.

It was worth it? The artist argued about the importance that Pussy Riot, and she personally, attaches to appearing in public. “I wanted to be available to everyone, I didn’t want to only take my art to galleries and museums for only a select group of people to see. He wanted to speak to ordinary people where he is.”

This is perhaps why the feminist punk band became globally recognized when they invaded the playing field of the final game during the Soccer World Cup Russia 2018.

Judy Chicago, icon of feminist art and thought, spoke with Nadya Tolokonnikov at ICA Miami during Miami Art Week
Judy Chicago, icon of feminist thought and art, collaborates with Nadya Tolokonnikov on a digital art project. (ICA Miami)

“You can create because Judy fought for you, and Pussy Riot could, and all the other feminist artists can because Judy fought,” Nadya expressed her gratitude for the legendary creator who in 2019 showed in ICA Miami an exhibition that reflected his transition from abstraction to figuration. Judy Chicago: A Reckoning, also argued about the influence of his work in the understanding of modernity and in the problematization of traditional gender roles. Chicago closed that event with the outdoor performance A purple poem for Miami.

Grateful, Chicago turned the spotlight back to her collaborator on the digital art project. She told how she was moved in one of the calls they shared about her: she was moved by interacting with a young woman in whom she saw the same experiences and the same determination that she had at that age.

He asked her about something that caught her eye during the Pussy Riot trial: Nadya kept her face straight the whole time. “I asked him why he wasn’t crying. And she told me something that she trained herself to control her emotions, because she didn’t want to be the girl that Putin made cry.

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The strength such a decision required, Chicago said, also evoked her youthful self: “I could understand that because it paralleled the level of strength I had to use to survive for 50 years.”

Written messages and visual images sent to What if women ruled the world? will be reviewed and the selected contributions will be shaped by the artists in a new collaborative project. The mission is to create a foundation for the largest gender rights NFT community on Web3, with ownership shared by all participants. The project will continue to evolve through programming in the DMINTI metaverse and international IRL projects.

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