Nadya Tolokonnikova

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  • Conceptual Artist and Human Rights Activist
  • Founding Member of Pussy Riot - a global feminist protest art movement
  • Founder of Unicorn DAO
  • One of the TIME Women of the Year (2012), Recipient of the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought (2014), and Recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from RISD



Conceptual artist, activist, and crypto advocate Nadya Tolokonnikova is the member of Pussy Riot, a global feminist protest art movement. Today, hundreds of people identify as part of the Pussy Riot community, which stands for gender fluidity, inclusivity, matriarchy, love, laughter, decentralization, anarchy, and anti-authoritarianism. In 2012, Nadya was sentenced to two years in prison following an anti-Putin performance. While imprisoned, she underwent a hunger strike protesting prison conditions and was sent to a Siberian penal colony – throughout this experience she persevered in maintaining her artistic activity. With her prison punk band, she toured around Siberian labor camps, and she also published a book, Read and Riot: Pussy Riot’s Guide to Activism. She is also a co-Founder of the independent news service and media outlet, Mediazona. Nadya is a tireless advocate for human rights, sharing her inspirational true story and a unique perspective on the battles for equality being waged throughout the world.

Nadya was named one of TIME's Women of the Year in 2012 along with PussyRiot, who were featured on the cover, and is a recipient of the Hanna Arendt Prize for Political Thought (2014). She received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from RISD in 2019. Nadya has spoken before the U.S. Congress, British Parliament, European Parliament, and appeared as herself on the third season of the hit TV series House of Cards. Pussy Riot has performed at and collaborated with Bansky on his Dismaland exhibition, has been endorsed by artists Marina Abramovic and Ai Weiwei, and created an immersive experience for London’s Saatchi Gallery. Pussy Riot’s Punk-prayer was named among the best art pieces of the 21st century by The Guardian, which described it as feminist, explicitly anti-Putin, protesting the banning of gay pride and the Orthodox church’s support of the president.” Pussy Riot joined the NFT community in early 2021 and co-founded UnicornDAO to get more women and non-binary people invested and managing Web3 and NFT projects. Nadya was instrumental in raising over $7M for Ukraine with UkraineDAO, is a PleasrDAO member, and supports stronger female representation in the NFT space. Speaking at the intersection of art and advocacy, Nadya remains a beacon of disruptive innovation and shares her journey and wisdom with audiences of all kinds.

 

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An Evening with Nadya Tolokonnikova

In her candid and impactful short keynote and Q&A sessions, Nadya Tolokonnikova shares her inspirational true story of imprisonment, continued activism, and discusses the human rights battles being waged throughout the world. Known as a founding member of Pussy Riot, a global feminist protest ar ...

In her candid and impactful short keynote and Q&A sessions, Nadya Tolokonnikova shares her inspirational true story of imprisonment, continued activism, and discusses the human rights battles being waged throughout the world. Known as a founding member of Pussy Riot, a global feminist protest art movement, Nadya shares an unparalleled perspective as a leading artist, activist, and global citizen.

DJ Set by Nadya Tolokonnikova

In addition to any of her programs, Pussy Riot founder Nadya Tolokonniokva performed a DJ set as an add-on. This is a unique opportunity to hear Nadya's story of her fight against Putin, her activist advice, and also experience the fun side of Pussy Riot. The set can be scheduled after her on-stage ...

In addition to any of her programs, Pussy Riot founder Nadya Tolokonniokva performed a DJ set as an add-on. This is a unique opportunity to hear Nadya's story of her fight against Putin, her activist advice, and also experience the fun side of Pussy Riot. The set can be scheduled after her on-stage conversation or later in the evening, and is an exciting option for college audiences, festivals, and hosts looking for a unique and interactive program.

Diversity and Inclusion in Crypto, NFTs, and Digital Currency

Conceptual artist and activist Nadya Tolokonnikova is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the digital currency space. Her global feminist protest art movement Pussy Riot co-founded UnicornDAO to get more women and non-binary people invested and managing Web3and NFT projects. Nadya shares her ...

Conceptual artist and activist Nadya Tolokonnikova is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the digital currency space. Her global feminist protest art movement Pussy Riot co-founded UnicornDAO to get more women and non-binary people invested and managing Web3and NFT projects. Nadya shares her insights on the crypto space and how to make it more accessible and appealing to women and the LGBTQ community.

The Intersection of Art and Advocacy

Leading conceptual artists and activist Nadya Tolokonnikova has been using art to comment on and advocate for human rights from the inception of career. Pussy Riot, of which Nadya is a founding member, has performed at and collaborated with Bansky, has been endorsed by artists Marina Abramovic and A ...

Leading conceptual artists and activist Nadya Tolokonnikova has been using art to comment on and advocate for human rights from the inception of career. Pussy Riot, of which Nadya is a founding member, has performed at and collaborated with Bansky, has been endorsed by artists Marina Abramovic and Ai Weiwei, and their Punk-prayer was named among the best art pieces of the 21st century by The Guardian. She shares insights about the intersection of art and advocacy in this empowering and insightful conversation.

Tools for Advocacy and Activism

Artist and Activist Nadya Tolokonnikova – known as a founding member of Pussy Riot – shares profound tools for advocacy and activism in this inspiring talk. Nadya shares that because advocacy is hard, and at times demoralizing, people need to know how to take care of themselves so they can advocate ...

Artist and Activist Nadya Tolokonnikova – known as a founding member of Pussy Riot – shares profound tools for advocacy and activism in this inspiring talk. Nadya shares that because advocacy is hard, and at times demoralizing, people need to know how to take care of themselves so they can advocate for their causes and prevent burnout.

 

Geopolitics: A First-Hand Perspective on Russia’s Position in the World

Known internationally as a founding member of Pussy Riot – a global feminist protest art movement – Nadya Tolokonnikova was sentenced to two years of imprisonment for creating an anti-Putin performance art piece. In this riveting talk, Nadya speaks to the current position of Russia – and Putin – in ...

Known internationally as a founding member of Pussy Riot – a global feminist protest art movement – Nadya Tolokonnikova was sentenced to two years of imprisonment for creating an anti-Putin performance art piece. In this riveting talk, Nadya speaks to the current position of Russia – and Putin – in the world, offering vital context and insights from a unique, first-hand perspective.

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Conceptual artist and activist Nadya Tolokonnikova is the founding member of Pussy Riot, a global feminist protest art movement. Today, hundreds of people identify as a part of Pussy Riot community. Pussy Riot stands for gender fluidity, inclusivity, matriarchy, love, laughter, decentralization, anarchy, and anti-authoritarianism. 

She was sentenced in 2012 to 2 years’ imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance. Nadya went through a hunger strike protesting savage prison conditions and ended up being sent far away to a Siberian penal colony, where she managed to maintain her artistic activity. With her prison punk band, she made a tour around Siberian labor camps. She also published a book, Read and Riot: Pussy Riot’s Guide to Activism.

Nadya is a co-founder of the independent news service and media outlet, Mediazona. She has spoken before the U.S. Congress, British Parliament, European Parliament, and appeared as herself on season 3 of House of Cards

Pussy Riot’s Punk-prayer was named by The Guardian among the best art pieces of the 21st century (“feminist, explicitly anti-Putin, protesting the banning of gay pride and the Orthodox church’s support of the president”). Pussy Riot has performed at and collaborated with Bansky on his Dismaland exhibition, has been endorsed by artists Marina Abramovic and Ai Weiwei, and created an immersive experience in Saatchi gallery in London.

Pussy Riot joined the NFT community in early 2021 and co-founded UnicornDAO to get more women and non-binary people invested and managing Web3 and NFT projects. Nadya was instrumental in raising over $7M for Ukraine with UkraineDAO, is a PleasrDAO member, and  supports stronger female representation in the NFT space.