Limited Edition of 51
Hand-signed by Nadya Tolokonnikova
Silkscreen Print on Somerset Paper 410gsm
940 x 1000 mm
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50 One Dollar Bills belongs to a series of screen-printed artworks by Pussy Riot (Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova) created in collaboration with CIRCA, that encompasses rife global tensions between patriarchy and capitalism.
A woman has not been featured on US paper money in over 100 years since Martha Washington’s portrait was featured on the one silver dollar note in the 1880s and 90s. Representative of Tolokonnikova's iconic style of blending art with activism, the uncut currency sheet depicts a uniform 5-by-10 grid of $1 bills with the first president's face disguised anonymously in a pink balaclava - a distinctive nod to Punk Prayer.
Stylistically, the vibrant work screen-printed in two layers on a silkscreen press, is an ode to Andy Warhol's aptly named '200 One Dollar Bills', marking the first instance of Warhol's use of the silk-screening method. In 2022, the essential 20th century artist topped the auction world with a turnover total of $590 million, representing an art market dominated by males, as female artists represented just 2% of total sales that same year.
Proceeds from this limited edition release will be shared between Art Riot Fund which supports Pussy Riot’s unwavering commitment to fighting against patriarchal oppressive systems and #CIRCAECONOMY – a circular model that supports free public art and creates life-changing opportunities for the wider community.
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CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY
Each Limited Edition comes with a hand-signed, numbered and dated certificate of authenticity.
Prints will be sent out immediately after purchase. To guarantee each print arrives in perfect condition, they are carefully wrapped in tissue paper, hand packaged in a heavy duty cardboard wrap and delivered with a tracking number. This is reflected in the shipping fee at checkout.
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Pussy Riot founder Nadya Tolokonnikova photographed standing in-front of ’50 One Dollar Bills’ Los Angeles, May 2023 © Nadya Tolokonnikova, Courtesy CIRCA
ABOUT NADYA TOLOKONNIKOVA
Nadya Tolokonnikova is a Russian musician, conceptual artist, author and political activist. She is a founding member of the anarchist feminist group Pussy Riot, and has a history of political activism with the street art group Voina. Her staunch activism in her home country of Russia saw her imprisoned in 2012 following a work of political performance art inside the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
Throughout her career she has published books, written essays, released music and fought against corruption and human rights violations. Co-founder of independent news service and media outlet, Mediazona, she has spoken before the US Congress, British Parliament and European Parliament. Awards include Time magazine, Women of the Year, 2012; LennonOno Grant for Peace, 2012; The Guardian, Best Art of the 21st Century, for 2012; The Punk Prayer political art piece, in 2019; and OutRight Action International Outstanding Award for her effort raising $7M in donation for Ukraine with the NFT Project Ukraine DAO, 2022.
CIRCA is an independent art and culture platform with purpose. We stop the clock on global media spaces every evening at 20:23 local time, mobilising the world’s greatest creative minds to broadcast unique works of art that consider our world, circa now.
Each month, we sell limited editions by our exhibiting artists to generate funds for the #CIRCAECONOMY initiative – a circular model designed to support free public art and create life-changing opportunities for the wider creative community.
Previous CIRCA commissioned artists include Patti Smith, Tony Cokes, Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović, David Hockney, Ai Weiwei, Pussy Riot and more. Discover more here.