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The Mask: Being Another

Maria Alekhina

The masked protest

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Activist Maria Alekhina talks with journalist Manel Alías, former correspondent in Moscow, about the subversive power of the mask and the transformative capacity of art, following her maxim "anyone can be Pussy Riot".

In 2012, the activist collective Pussy Riot gained maximum public exposure after an action held in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, where they performed with colorful balaclavas a punk prayer to ask the mother of God to free Russia from Putin. Since then, Pussy Riot became the masked symbol of the protests against the political situation in the country. What role does anonymity play in a context of authoritarianism and surveillance? What happens when the mask falls and one faces media overexposure?

Maria Alekhina will participate in this conversation by videoconference.

Moderators: Manel Alías Tort

Participants: Maria Alekhina

This activity is part of The Mask Never Lies, The Mask: Being Another

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