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Lost in Translation? Pussy Riot Solidary Activism and the danger of perpetuating North/Western Hegemonies

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Katharina Wiedlack ,

University of Vienna, AT
About Katharina

Dr.in Katharina Wiedlack has a doctoral degree in English and American Studies from the University of Vienna. She has thought Gender, German and Disability Studies at Lomonossow University, Moscow and University of Vienna, and currently works at the Gender Research Office, University of Vienna.

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Nasha Neufeld

Dresden University of Technology (Germany), DE
About Nasha

Maria Neufeld has studied psychology, sociology and gender studies at Dresden University of Technology (Germany), Saint Petersburg State University (Russia) and University of Vienna (Austria). She worked as a research assistant in the group „Gender and Emotion in Cognitive Interaction Technology“ at the Center of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) and at the „Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence“ in Bielefeld and the „Applied Cognitive Reseach Unit“ at the Department of Psychology in Dresden.

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Abstract

This article critically discusses solidarity actions in support of Pussy Riot within the global North/West, arguing that most solidarity projects within popular culture as well as within the queer-feminist counterculture are based on a lopsided interpretation of Pussy Riot as Russian version of Riot Grrrl feminists. This one-dimensional interpretation of the performance art group as Riot Grrrl-identities further leads to labelling their performance at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral as anti-religious. Within this framework the group’s negotiation of Orthodox religion within their song lyrics, performances as well as statements is ignored, supporting the binary construction of The North/West as progressive – tolerant and secular – and Russia as backward – dogmatic and fundamentalist religious. We attempt to complicate the view on Pussy Riot’s performances and reread them within the Russian context, highlighting several political statements that got lost in North/Western translations. The focus of the analysis concentrates on the ‘Punk Prayer, its mimicry of religious language and references to the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church as well as the local public critical discourses.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.9215
How to Cite: Wiedlack, K. & Neufeld, N., (2014). Lost in Translation? Pussy Riot Solidary Activism and the danger of perpetuating North/Western Hegemonies. Religion and Gender. 4(2), pp.145–165. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.9215
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Published on 21 Dec 2014.
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