Anna Jermolaewa, Political Extras, 2015
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We are the People. Who are you? opens with two explorations of public assembly. Anna Jermolaewa’s Political Extras documents an action staged by the artist for the 2015 Moscow Biennale. Jermolaewa used the website www.massovki.ru to recruit 120 demonstrators who were each paid 500 rubles to protest in two different groups, both for and against the Biennale. The website was used as an advertising platform for pro-Putin demonstrations in 2012, when participants exchanged their political autonomy for cash. Each participant in Jermolaewa’s action was free to decide whether he or she wanted to join either the “for” or “against” group, and whether to chant slogans for or against contemporary art.