Kiss my Ba

Since 2004 Kiss my Ba (Artem Loskutov (1986) and Maria Kiseleva (1991)) organizes and documents so-called monstrations – collective acts, one could say happenings (without a pre-prepared script), mass acts of art in the form of demonstrations with slogans invented by participants. The banners used in these events are on the whole absurd and apolitical. By challenging and updating “serious” political demonstrations, monstrations are a clear protest against the absence of public politics in Russia; they do not merely highlight the limits of civil liberties, but also broaden them, in this way becoming a school of solidarity, creative activity, and civil freedom. The first monstration took place on May 1, 2004, in Novosibirsk, and since then has been organized every year.