Lilian Min
December 17, 2015 11:21 am

The women of Pussy Riot, Russia’s most internationally visible protest organization, are not the kind of people who wait for things to happen. Whether they’re literally on the ground helping refugees or spreading their message in mainstream outlets, their projects and missions have clearly transcended their original punk-protest space. Now, one of its members is organizing an all female museum — from curators, to support staff, to the artists whose work is actually on display.

Maria Alyokhina, who was one of the members arrested back in 2012 for protesting, has helped expand the focus of Pussy Riot’s original means of activism — punk music — to include other creative mediums. Notably, her focus includes the still overwhelmingly male-dominated art world: 70% of the art displayed in galleries in the 2000s was created by men, and even as more female artists formally “debut” in the art world than men, most galleries still overwhelmingly favor older (read: more likely to be made by a man) art in their collections.

According to Flavorwire, the New Balkan Women’s Museum will be placed in the country of Montenegro, and is being organized by Alyokhina and other activist artists and gallerists. There’s no word on when it’ll open, but given the group’s track record, chances are it’ll be soon and in a more provocative, political way that anyone would’ve expected.

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