Sam Pulitzer A Colony for “Them” March 16 – May 18, 2014
Opening Saturday, March 15, 6 - 8pm
Open Monday, May 12 during Frieze New York
Artists Space Exhibitions 38 Greene Street 3rd Floor
With contributions by Matthew Adis, Joshua Brettel, Killian Eng, Simon Fowler, Bill Hayden, Denis Forkas Kostromitin, Ola Larsson, Jeff Nagy, Sam Pulitzer, Steven Vallot, Viral Graphics, and Vania Zouravliov
It’s dry in California - historically dry. Water is in short supply, the air is noticeably without moisture, farms are parched and just look at the photo above of the state’s dwindling snow cover. It pretty much speaks for itself.
And the drought has been particularly harsh on agriculture:
Ranchers have begun liquidating herds. Growers are considering tearing out thirsty tree crops such as nut orchards and citrus groves. And tens of thousands of additional acres of prime California soil could go unplanted if farmers don’t get enough water to irrigate them.
Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina (left) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were on the Colbert Report last night. Watch the interview here (in two parts). They share their views on Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay laws as well as their global campaign for better prison conditions.
Side note: Imagine the task of translating Stephen Colbert into Russian…
A little while back we spoke to Russian journalist Masha Gessen, author of the book Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot, about these issues. Here Gessen tells us about the conditions Tolokonnikova was subjected to:
"What had happened at her penal colony was that the sewing factory that has served as the lifeblood of every women’s penitentiary institution in Russia, and many of the men’s ones, was taking on more and more orders, so the inmates were forced to work longer and longer hours. By the end of the summer, the workday was about 17 hours, so they were allowed to sleep about four hours a night, if that. They wouldn’t get days off except maybe every six weeks or so. So they were incredibly sleep deprived. The working conditions were very unsafe and they were also … fed very, very poorly in the prison colony.
So Nadezhda decided to protest first inside the prison by going to complain to the warden and saying that they needed to return the workday to the legal limit of eight hours. In response, he threatened her with murder.”
Gessen’s interview also touches on the upcoming Sochi Olympics. Check it out.