Artist Flees Russia After Cops Shut Down Show With Satirical, Homoerotic Putin Paintings
http://www.advocate.com/news/world-news/2013/08/29/artist-flees-russia-after-cops-shut-down-show-satirical-homoerotic-putin Vera Donskaya-Khilko, Wrestling, 2011, oil on canvas, 80 x 100 cm.
More info on more seized art in Russia: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/05/putin-obama-painting_n_3873023.html Liberty, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 36 inches, 2011, Private Collection.
Boxer 12, Oil on Canvas, 12 x 12 inches, 2011
Visual Hypertext #2, 2013, 20 x 20 inches, Digital, blog : http://dhanazd.tumblr.com/ Angry men & women beating the hell out of black, yellow, brown, gay people & hairdressers on a lovely Tuesday afternoon, 80cm x 100cm.  http://jayrechsteiner.com/home.htm WASH YOUR MOUTH WITH SOAP, A perfomace consisting in me taking a bath in a red bucket with a bar of soap in my mouth , and rubbing my naked body with a BRILLO soap pad, Duration 3 hours 

 A visitor takes a picture of the artwork entitled Travesty by Konstantin Altunin at an exhibition at the Muzei Vlasti (Museum of Authorities) in St. Petersburg August 15, 2013. Overnight on August 26 several art installations, including the Travesty that depicts figures resembling Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, were confiscated by the police from Muzei Vlasti and shall be checked for extremist propaganda. DEVIANT (2011), Textured acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 25 x 20 cm, Website: http://www.facebook.com/SteveMillarUK
Mukwa, cub, monkey madubin nawash biche nabwedun kagwego - A bear, cub and monkey sit by the Nawash water dreaming of freedom, Digital photograph, 2013, www.asinabkafestival.org She Does Not Want to Ride the Pain Anymore, Acrylic, Conté, Pencil, & Oil on Canvas, 48 x 48 inches, 2011, Private Collection. Gudjonssons Room, Elephant Series, Sepia, Slenium Toned Gelatin Silver Print, 18 x 18 inches, 2008
Me Against Me, Lithograph on Watercolor Paper, 20 x 24 inches.
Anonymous Submission. LPM Gallery Submission. Found Image. Anonymous Submission. LPM Gallery Submission. Found Image. Anonymous Submission. Found Image, suggested by LPM Gallery. anonymous submission

‘To Russia with Love’ Project

QUEER BASHINGS IN RUSSIA / WTF / WHAT DO YOU THINK?
ONGOING ONLINE EXHIBITION / CALL-OUT TO ARTISTS & ART LOVERS
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REQUIREMENTS:
– submit one jpg at 72 dpi of an artwork you already have, that depicts you’re thoughts on this crisis
– include title, medium, dimensions, date. NO PRICE.
– no deadline
– one work only
– this is an online exhibit ONLY. No need to ship to the gallery
– your website (self-promo)
– these are not for sale. If you choose to do so, at your discretion.
– open to everyone. Email to guy@lapetitemortgallery.com

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LPM Gallery is looking to spark dialogue and bridge connection from around the world in light of the recent implementation of Russia’s anti-gay policies. Even through the vast social diversities and asymmetries of the worldwide LGBTQIA, we can develop a solidarity model built on expectations of equal treatment and mutual respect among all citizens and governments.

LPM Gallery wants to know: How do you feel about these issues? What do you have to say?

We are asking for your voice and visibility in an act of solidarity.

LPM Gallery will be mounting an online-only exhibition to chronicle these intersecting experiences and perspectives. The international call out for images is open to all. We ask that the submission reflects or reacts on these issues with honesty. The works can be old or new, sold, in collection, or available. Submissions must include artist name, title, medium, dimensions and date created. Artists can choose to include their website link that will appear on the page.

To what point do thousands of silenced voices and invisible bodies resonate across borders and translate into action? How can we trace the lines of politics and art as to intersect into thoughtful and productive social action?

Art is always political. And it is always our choice to what degree it is treated as such.

Today, how art’s forms and messages are shaped across divided social climates remains critical. The outcries of injustice are continually silenced and held in the chambers of imprisoned and violated bodies. We must seek out and occupy the spaces in which to take back the right of speech, activism, and visibility – in life and art.

Recent laws calling for the punishment and imprisonment of LGBT individuals in Russia recall dark historical moments of attempted erasure of easily targeted minorities. The translation of Russia’s anti-gay laws into upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi reflects back all too clearly onto the events leading and following the 1936 games in Berlin and the correlative Nazi persecution of Jews, blacks, homosexuals, “degenerates”, et al.

This issue not only applies to the safety of the visiting athletes and spectators, but also centers on those LGBT persons and groups who will continue to be affected after the world-spectacle passes. The fight for a communal LGBT visibility and personally felt struggles for acceptance have been long had throughout history. In seeing the life-effect of these self-congratulatory, hyper masculinist narratives with their adjacent regressive political maneuvers -currently being administered by the Russian government and others we refuse love and acceptance – demands that we band together in solidarity in search of a brighter future.

Written by Adam Barbu

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