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Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot to open women-only museum

Maria Alyokhina (R) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot. (Reuters)

The punk group of political activists known as Pussy Riot has grown since the 2011 group of Russian women staged Punk Prayer at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, an incident that included one of the collective’s most famous members, Maria Alyokhina. She and her bandmates — who don neon-colored balaclavas — were famously arrested for their anti-Putin views, but now their message has been adopted by an international audience who “just put the mask on and start protesting,” she told Artnet in an interview.

In addition to her work to help free political prisoners, Alyokhina is now working with fellow activists to launch the New Balkan Women’s Museum in Montenegro, a space that will employ only women curators and administrators, and hang art created only by women. Details, like the design of the space and opening date, are still in the works, she said.

Read the full interview at Artnet.

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