March 26, 2024

Facing Up


Facing Up
Some of Russia's dissenters. Faces of the Russian Resistance.

If you're not much of a Russia-watcher, it can be tough to know who exactly Russia's dissenters might be. After all, they're pretty faceless in a nation undergoing a strict crackdown on protests.

But a traveling art installation seeks to change that.

"Faces of the Russian Resistance" is a project that places portraits of Russian political prisoners alongside bios and descriptions of the crimes the prisoners are accused of. Large posters are placed in public spaces in major cities, and citizens can peruse the exhibit to discover some of the stories behind these prisoners.

The goal of the exhibit is to highlight the plight of political prisoners in Russia, who can be held for years, if not decades. It seeks to encourage Europeans to investigate more closely human rights abuses in Russia.

Already the exhibit has visited cities like Tallinn, Berlin, Zurich, and Munich, with shows planned for Orlando, London, Melbourne, and more.

Learn more about "Faces of the Russian Resistance" at their website, here.

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