5 Things We Learned From Pussy Riot's MOMA Talk
The ubiquitous punk rock/riot grrrl/freedom fighters band Pussy Riot stopped by MOMA’s PS1 in Queens yesterday for a discussion as the apex of the museum’s current exhibition ‘Zero Tolerance,’ which highlights some of the band’s political exploits and troubles that have made headlines over the past several years. The girls laid down a treasure trove of knowledge about their current stance on the tense Russian politisphere as well as some seriously hilarious facts that we could never have anticipated. Because everyone needs to know more about the colorfully balaclava clad women, we’ve compiled a shortlist of everything you need to know from their exclusive talk.
-Pussy Riot in Russian translates to ‘Enraged Vaginas’: Quite a bit is lost in translation in the Russian version of their name, in fact it’s safe to say that about all of it is lost. According to the band, the word ‘riot’ does not really exist at all in Russian, and there isn’t really a slang that equates to pussy in Russian either. Hence the more anatomically correct, but surprisingly just as punk rock, version of their name.
-Vladimir Putin refuses to say their name: According to band member Petya Verzilov, “He avoids naming things he doesn’t like. It’s like every word is a hashtag.” We would kill to have been a fly on the wall during one of Putin’s press conferences…would the iron-fisted leader have broken a sweat trying to avoid saying ‘Enraged Vaginas’?
-They’re not quitting anytime soon: One would think after being a political prisoner that it might put a damper on your spirit, but if anything the girls are more committed than ever. “We are part of this political battle that is currently going on in Russia” said member Nadya Tolokonnikova. “Why leave when we would rather have Putin leave?” You keep doing you Pussy Riot.
-They are besties with Marina Abramovic: An Instagram photo (that’s all the evidence needed) surfaced of the girls having a post-museum discussion supper with the godmother of performance art herself. Forget being a fly on the wall for Putin’s press conference, we want some unlimited access to that dinner table.
-They are perfection: Okay, we didn’t learn that specifically from their talk, but it was most definitely reaffirmed. Too few bands have important messages behind their music, even fewer are subversively waging propagandist war with a global superpower. Not to mention that their music is some of the best punk of the millennium, so to sum up, they are perfect. Rock on girls.