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?
… read more here in the Guardian article
… read more about self-harming art here