|Ai Weiwei´s symbolic self portrait of protest against Chinese government corruption|
|V. Putin as L. Brezhnev, (c) Moscow Times 30 Sept. 2011 No credit given, author uknown|
|Voina´s 2010 salute to Russia´s security police, the FSB|
|Voina demonstrating the art of vaginal chicken liberation|
Online reports and the official website of Weibel´s show list the group now in hiding as exhibitors, ironically in the art activism festival, which Weibel clearly showcases with at least 34 Russian artists, many from other countries, including the United States.
Voina in September called for artists and others to boycott the 4th Moscow.
What really gets under the collective skin of Voina Group is the two alleged "traitors" trading on their name, which over time, included about 200 activists.
Voina Group insists the video that shows females on the street coming up and kissing female cops just commissioned and in uniform is a total fake.
In Putin´s Russia, an organ of the state awards art vandals first prize (in political dissent) for giving the finger to the FSB. I would have loved to be a mouse in the corner tuning into the heated discussions of the jury.
Socialist realism would have suffered gravely if that had happened.
|Soviet Gulag prisoner shortly before his execution|
|Sunset at one of the USSR´s Gulag camps|
The whole lot of them could end up as political prisoners. Two of them on the run already served four months in a Moscow jail during pre-trial detention until artist Banksy bailed them out.
Voina Group tells me it´s happening now.
|The Soviet Gulag|
Despite their alleged overindulgence in vodka, the FSB and friends are capable of reviving memories of trouble making hooligans and achieving more than a mere modicum of revenge.
I´m not sure if Voina members harbor a death wish, a kind of Russian Orthodox-Shia, art-suicide, Fydor Dostevsky kind of cult thing.
|Voina: A public orgy to denounce Medvedev, concept art|
Yana Sarna: On 15 November 2010, two members of the art collective Voina, Oleg Vorotnikov and Leonid Nikolayev, were arrested in Moscow.
|Voina´s "Free Voina" website under The Arrest depicts the moment of alarm|
Alexei Plutser-Sarno: After the action dubbed “Palace Revolution,” Oleg Vorotnikov and Leonid Nikolayev were charged with the crime of "hooliganism, committed by an organized group on the motive of hate or enmity towards a certain social group”, namely the police.
Yana Sarna: Oleg and Leonid were bailed out by street-artist Banksy who paid 10.000 USD for each. He sold his “Choose Your Weapon” and gave £80,000 to the Voina Group . Now that money is used to help Russian political prisoners.
ArtTraveler: What is your objective in the boycott protest?
ArtTraveler: You claim your art has been stolen or imitated at the 4th Moscow. Please describe what art you think will show up as either yours or imitations?
|Voina sending a wake up call to the cops|
ArtTraveler: What is your understanding of the purpose behind the art activism "festival" at the 4th Moscow?
ArtTraveler: Do you see any similarities between your difficulties with state authorities and Ai Weiwei´s in China?
|Voina: "Fuck for Heir Puppy Bear," referring to their orgy for Medvedev|
After publishing this post, I e-mailed the 4th Moscow PR stating I would immediately amend or edit this story to include any comment(s) the show´s curators and organizers which to make. This is a continuous offer seeking a balanced story and fair coverage.
|Islamic art and design at Granada´s Alhambra, photograph by Stefan van Drake (2009)|