It’s been a year since Trump became president and 100 years since the Russian Revolution — there’s no better time for a Pussy Riot video.

Chloe Sevigny has been popping up everywhere lately, from Proenza Schouler’s new line to the jumbo screen of last week’s Knicks game. Now, she’s taking a turn as a law-enforcement officer in Pussy Riot’s new video Police State.

The video portrays an apocalyptic police state, with a ballerina costumed in all white dancing among the wreckage. It follows the release of Maria Alkoyhina’s Riot Days, dubbed a “punk call to arms” by Dazed, and Nadya Tolokonnikova’s immersive theatre project on Russian prisons. It’s particularly fitting that it was recently, on Nov. 8, the 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution, when Lenin rose before the newly formed All-Russian Congress of Soviets to call for peace with the central powers of World War I.

When she spoke to Dazed, Tolokonnikova called for action, for acting together.

“Be articulate, focused and persuasive, we can shift mountains,” she says. “Look back: people did it before. Soviet dissidents were fighting against one of the most oppressive governments on the planet and shared their own DIY magazines (samizdat) via secret networks. Labour union leaders and civil rights activists were dying for their beliefs in the U.S. And it actually did make our world a better place.”

 

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