14/11/2013

Man Nails Nads To Ground

An man in Russia protested against the Government... by nailing his own testicles to the ground.

Yep. That'll show 'em. I bet the Russian Government are smarting now. They'll rue the day you ever bought nails.

It's not your everyday protest like a march or picket line. In fact, if there's one thing he couldn't do, it's march. And if there's one thing the doctors will tell him not to do it's pick it. It was the work of an artist, Pyotr Pavlensky. So as an artist his protest needed to be more than just holding a sign and doing a chant, "What do we want? A claw hammer. When do we want it? Soon as you can, please."

The protest took place in Moscow's Red Square, which was probably slightly redder during the protest. He stripped totally naked, sat down and hammered a nail through his scrotum into the cobbles. Ooooh, right in the cobbles?

He was then arrested, which I thought was strange. I'd heard they'd nick anything that wasn't nailed down.

In a statement posted on the grani.ru website prior to the demonstration, Mr Pavlensky had written: "A naked artist, looking at his balls nailed to the Kremlin pavement, is a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference, and fatalism of contemporary Russian society."

It's interesting how art can be interpreted differently by the viewer. While this piece of art, to its creator, is a metaphor for political indifference, for me it looks like someone who is really really bad at putting up shelves.

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