The Talks and Thoughts Cycle of the Onassis Cultural Center brings to Athens two members of the Pussy Riot art collective to take part in a conversation with Associate Professor of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Oxford, Dimitris Papanikolaou. But what is Pussy Riot, and who are its members visiting the Center?

Pussy Riot are the most famous female collective in the world: Russian feminists and activists, Pussy Riot have staged some of the most memorable performances of our times. Now two of its members are coming to Athens to present their work: journalist Sasha Bogino and poet Masha Alyokhina.

Masha Alyokhina, a founder member of Pussy Riot, has since set up Zona Prava, an organization which provides support to prisoners in Russian jails. Her interest in the conditions in which prisoners are kept in Russia was spurred by the months she herself spent in prison after her conviction for hooliganism in 2012—the hooliganism in question being Pussy Riot’s performance in Moscow cathedral. Entitled Punk Prayer, it condemned the Russian Orthodox Church’s support for Vladimir Putin.

Sasha Bogino, who recently joined Pussy Riot, is a key person connected with Zona Prava organization, which was founded by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot and currently provides legal and informational support to Russian prisoners and criminal defendants.

When: March 24, 19:00
Location: Onassis Cultural Center Main Stage
Admission to the event is free, and prioritized on a first come first serve basis.

For further information, contact the Onassis Cultural Center at www.sgt.gr