Oksana Shalygina Bio, Oksana Shalygina Wiki
Oksana Shalygina was the partner of Russian Artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who forced a top French politician to drop out of a key election Friday, is well known for his shock and awe “performances,” usually involving pain and discomfort for all involved to highlight causes he thinks are worth fighting for.
Pyotr Pavlensky is a Russian publisher of the journal Political Propaganda. Known for his controversial political performance art, which he calls “actions”, Pavlensky is a significant figure in political activism, and his work often involves nudity and self-mutilation. Pavlensky explicitly denounces the “mechanics of power”, forcing authorities to take part in his artistic actions by staging them in areas with heavy police surveillance, explaining that “the criminal case becomes one of the layers of the artwork” and the government is ” into the process of making art”.
Pyotr Pavlensky Age
Early life and education
Born in Leningrad in 1984, Pavlensky studied monumental art at the Saint Petersburg Art and Industry Academy. During his fourth year in the Academy, he took additional training at St. Petersburg Pro Arte Foundation for Culture and Arts.
Pavlensky’s “actions” are inspired in part by Pussy Riot, as demonstrated in Seam, and follow in the tradition of artists such as Chris Burden, the Viennese Actionists, and Moscow Actionists Oleg Kulik and Alexander Brener.
Pavlensky and Oksana Shalygina founded an independent online newspaper Political Propaganda in 2012, which was dedicated to contemporary art in political contexts, “overcoming cultural chauvinism, implemented by the government”, feminism and gender equality.
Benjamin Griveaux Video / Sex Tape
The 42-year-old Griveaux said he dropped out to protect his family after a website published video excerpts of a man masturbating, accompanied by screengrabs of racy text messages.
“My family does not deserve this. No one should ever be subjected to such abuse.”
The Liberation newspaper said Pavlensky claimed to have put the video online to expose Griveaux’s “hypocrisy”.
“He is someone who constantly brings up family values, who says he wants to be the mayor of families and always cites his wife and children as an example. But he is doing the opposite,” Pavlensky told the daily.
Pavlensky has a track record for outrage.
He made global headlines in 2013 after nailing his scrotum to Red Square in Moscow and two years later doused the doors of the FSB secret police headquarters with petrol and set them on fire.
“What I denounce, is how the individual has been reduced to the state of an animal by the state, propaganda and the instruments of power,” he said shortly before leaving Russia in 2017.
The videotape scandal was not his first stint in Paris.
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In October 2017, he set fire to offices of the Bank of France on Place Bastille, site of the attack on the infamous fortress at the start of the French revolution in 1789.
Who is Benjamin Griveaux?
Griveaux, a former minister and spokesman for Emmanuel Macron’s centrist La République en Marche (LREM) party, announced he was standing down as a candidate for Paris mayor to protect his family from what he described as a “vile” campaign.
Griveaux, a married father of three, had made family values a major part of his election campaign. The videos were made in May 2018 and sent to a woman, reported by French media to be 29-year-old lawyer De Taddeo, along with a series of text messages.
Richard Malka, Griveaux’s lawyer, dismissed as “preposterous” Pavlensky’s defense that he was exposing political hypocrisy.
“I have rarely come across anyone so cynical. This is an absolute sham, with pseudo artists who think they’re in a dictatorship and need to give moral lessons,” Malka told LCI television. “Of course, I do not believe he acted alone at all.”
Juan Branco, a lawyer for Pavlensky and De Taddeo, accused police of using the scandal to “deprive my clients of their freedom”, adding: “I would like the government to take responsibility for its acts.”
The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed it was holding the pair. Police are trying to establish whether the woman was Pavlensky’s accomplice in the broadcasting of the films or whether her phone was hacked.
In France, so-called revenge porn is a crime punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to €60,000.
French health minister Agnes Buzyn on Sunday said she had been chosen as a new candidate for Macron and his LREM party to challenge the current mayor, Anne Hidalgo, who is seeking a second six-year mandate in next month’s local elections.
A previous contender, Cédric Villani, an LREM MP, was threatened with expulsion from the party for refusing to make way for Griveaux.
What was the video’s impact?
The distribution of the clip, which spread quickly across social media last Thursday, brought condemnation from across the political spectrum.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said people’s private lives should be respected.
Far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon condemned the video’s release as “odious”, while far-right leader Marine Le Pen suggested Mr. Griveaux should not have quit.
Mr. Pavlensky has said he posted the video to expose what he sees as the politician’s hypocrisy.
Mr. Griveaux, who is married with children and was once a government spokesman, condemned the distribution of the video as he withdrew his mayoral candidacy on Friday.
“My family does not deserve this. No-one should ever be subjected to such abuse,” he said.
On Sunday, French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said she would be replacing Mr Griveaux as the En Marche party’s candidate for mayor of Paris.