7. Royal Moscow Catheral Performance by Pussy Riot, 2012

Last year, Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist protest group, made international headlines after their 40 second performance that explicitly exposed their derision towards the relationship between Russian President Vladimir Putin's regime and the Russian Orthodox Church. The protest that took place at Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral has left people around the world fixated on the aftermath. The initial "artwork" itself, the 40 seconds of open protest, led to a two year sentence for three of the women performing that day: Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadzdha Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina. The work has unexpectedly expanded in it's duration and global reach of awareness. As of May 22, after a decision made by a Russian judge regarding the case, Alehkina has declared a hunger strike. The "artwork" itself has unexpectedly expanded in it's duration and global span.

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