Pyotr Pavlensky does not spare his body or his audience when it comes to his macabre artistic "actions."
The gaunt, 31-year-old artist nailed his scrotum to the pavement of Moscow's iconic Red Square to protest ubiquitous police brutality in Russia. He had his naked body wrapped in barbed wire in front of a government building as a metaphor for persecution of Kremlin critics.
He sewed his mouth shut to support the arrested Pussy Riot feminist rockers and cut his earlobe off with a knife while sitting on a wall outside the Serbsky psychiatric clinic in Moscow to protest the forced psychiatric treatment of dissenters.
Last week, he was forcibly transferred to...