Monday 26.3 at 6pm: Talk with journalist Oksana Chelysheva and street artist Alexandra Kachko

Dear friend of Arkadia, You are heartily invited to a talk with journalist Oksana Chelysheva and street artist Alexandra Kachko on Monday 26.3. at 6pm. Oksana and Alexandra will discuss Alexandra’s art but also a number of topics pertaining to Russia today: such as the imprisonment of Pussy Riot girls, the dismantling of the Be Cautious: Religion! and banned Art exhibitions, the criminal prosecution of their organizers, the Voina art group and the reasons they are on international wanted lists and currently in hiding. Saint-Petersburg Times The talk will be in English and in Russian All are most welcome. Warm regards, Ian www.arkadiabookshop.fiEntrance is free and green tea will be offered. A donation of €2 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome. Alexandra Kachko Street artist Alexandra Kachko adds oppositional politics and feminism to walls and buildings around Saint Petersburg. Alexandra is involved in art, but not of the usual kind. Her political artworks are seen not in galleries, but on the walls of houses of Saint Petersburg. “Two years ago I was just a young architect. I was not involved into politics. But seeing people being detained during peaceful marches made me think of how to react. Being an artist, I created my alter ago, an image of a young girl calling on the people to join the protest and not to be afraid” Oksana Chelysheva Oksana is a journalist. She coordinates the Pussy Riot support campaign in Finland and has written an article on Alexandra Kachko for the Finnish Novaya Gazeta.