Red Square Performance "Fixation" Favorite 

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Date: 

Nov 10 2013

Location: 

Moscow, Russia

Petr Pavlensky, a Russian performance artist, sent a nail through his scrotum to the cobblestones of Red Square in Moscow (on a holiday in celebration of law enforcement). He was later charged with hooliganism.

Pavlensky, as quoted in the Guardian: "The performance can be seen as a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference and fatalism of contemporary Russian society."

And in a separate interview: "I was pointing to the fixation on helplessness, a fixation that the people must overcome...I am showing passivity ā€“ Iā€™m not calling to people to do what I did, literally, right? I am not asking people to hammer nails through their scrotums. I am taking this radical form to call people to action ā€“ their own, in their own chosen form."

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