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200 Women is a book and exhibition inspired by a belief that you can’t empower women without listening to their stories. Our subsequent idea was to persuade two hundred women in different parts of the world - whether they be rich or poor, black or white, educated or uneducated, famous or unknown - to sit or stand in front of a plain sheet of fabric and to be photographed and filmed while answering five fundamental questions.
Our goal was not to make a book about just successful and powerful women; those stories are important, but we wanted diversity, and above all, authenticity. Two hundred 'real women', with 'real stories'.
Nadya Tolokonnikova* was born in Norilsk in Siberia, Russia. She studied philosophy at Lomonosov Moscow State University. She is an artist, political activist and founding member of punk-rock art collective Pussy Riot. In 2012, following an anti-Putin performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Tolokonnikova was sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism; she was released in 2013. Tolokonnikova is a member of prisoners' rights group Zona Prava and is a founder of the independent news service MediaZona. In 2014, she received the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought.