Art …. or mere public protest?

Pyotr Pavlensky has a history of self-harming art, including sewing his lips together to protest against the jail sentences given to members of Pussy Riot and wrapping himself in barbed wire outside a Russian government building, which he said symbolised “the existence of a person inside a repressive legal system”.

On Sunday 10th November 2013 Pavlensky nailed his scrotum to cobblestones of Russia’s Red Square in a painful act of protest.

But is this really Art? If so then how would you categorize the action of  Thich Quang Duc a buddhist monk, who burnt himself to death at a busy Saigon intersection on 11th June 1963 to protest the treatment of Buddhists in South Vietnam at the time?

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… read more here in the Guardian article

… read more about self-harming art here

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