During the exhibition Velvet Terrorism: Pussy Riot’s Russia, the MAC invites you to attend a conversation between the activist Maria Alyokhina and MAC’s Director and Chief Curator, John Zeppetelli, in the exhibition space at Place Ville Marie. The conversation, which will cover the collective’s actions presented in the exhibition, will be followed by an exchange with the audience.



Maria Alyokhina is a Russian artist and political activist. She is the author of Riot Days (2017), which describes her stay in a Russian penal colony following a widely covered show trial in 2012. She is currently working on her second book, as well as performing in the show Riot Days alongside other members of Pussy Riot. The Pussy Riot collective is the recipient of the 2012 Lennon Ono Grant for Peace and received the Hannah Arendt Prize in 2014. Pussy Riot was awarded the 2023 Woody Guthrie Prize, which honours the spirit of resistance through music, literature, dance, and other art forms. https://riotdays.com