We've all heard about people fighting for a cause and protesting, but I doubt we've heard of anyone nailing their nuts to stone pavement! Would you have the balls to do that?
Petr Pavlensky, born in 1984, studied Mural Art in St.Petersburg Art and Industry Academy. He was well known for his political action in support of the Russian punk group called Pussy Riot. He had set up many performances "Act and Art for Cause" I would say, but the one that topped the list among his outrageous performances was when he nailed his balls into the cobblestones of Red square, close to Lenin's Mausoleum, Moscow.
His actions had coincided with the annual Russian Police Day, where he sat and hammered a large nail through his scrotum and fixated it into the cobblestones of Red Square, Moscow. He sat there for a while until the police showed up, putting a blanket around him. They steadily removed the nail and rushed him to the hospital. He was soon arrested after that. In his statement to the media, he said, "A naked artist looking at his balls nailed to the Kremlin pavement, is a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference, and fatalism of contemporary Russian society."
He was known for his violent and so called artistic for a cause acts, where at one time he sewed his mouth shut with coarse thread, and held a banner that read,
"Action of Pussy Riot was a replica of the famous action of Jesus Christ (Matthew,21:12-13)."
He later made a comment about this action which said,"By suturing my mouth in front of Kazan Cathedral, I wanted to show the position of the artist in contemporary Russia: a ban on publicity. I am sickened by intimidation of society, mass paranoia, whose manifestations I see everywhere."